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Horn (title cup)

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This buffalo horn with smooth patina and finely engraved motifs is a title cup-one of three essential pieces of regalia that each lineage head receives at his investiture, when he takes his "title;" the other two are his stool and cap. Title cups have multiple functions, and serve as ritual...

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Provenance

1981, sold by Esatuk Gallery, Paris 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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Cameroon, Grassfields, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Cameroon

Dimensions

Height x width: 17 x 33 x 9 cm (6 11/16 x 13 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2776

Medium or Technique

Buffalo horn

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Utensils