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"Moon" box (ngondo)

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Kuba wooden boxes, produced in large numbers, served different purposes according to their shapes. This so-called "moon" box once contained tukula, a reddish powder prepared from the bark of a tree. Men and women rubbed their bodies, hair, and clothing with this treasured substance during...

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Early 1980s, sold by Mr. Keita, 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, Kuba peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Overall: 6.5 x 31 x 15.5 cm (2 9/16 x 12 3/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Africa and Oceania


Decorative arts