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Workshops that specialized in the production of title cups sold them to patrons throughout the region. The style and extravagant motifs on this horn suggest it was meant as a display piece, perhaps in the parlor of an important man or in the collection of a foreign patron. The piece features...

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white adhesive label with green printing on underside of base: "252"


1970s, sold by an African dealer in Cambridge, MA, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Bamum peoples, Cameroon, 20th century, 1950–2000

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Overall: 13 x 32.5 x 8.5 cm (5 1/8 x 12 13/16 x 3 3/8 in.) Lender accessory (Approximately): 33 x 17 cm (13 x 6 11/16 in.)

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Africa and Oceania


Ritual Objects