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This bowl once held food during celebrations and other important events, such as annual festivals. The relief of stylized frogs or toads alludes to fecundity, for peoples in the Cameroon Grassfields associate both amphibians with suppleness and procreation.

Provenance

Acquired in Douala, Cameroon, by 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

Overall: 19 x 38 cm (7 1/2 x 14 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2687

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Decorative arts