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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Congolese, Yaka people
Title:Protective figure (mbuunduka)
Type:Ceremonial
Materials:wood, feathers, fiber, hair, leather, raffia, cloth
Place Made:Africa
Measurements:Overall: 8 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 21.6 cm x 8.3 cm x 5.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1999.21
Credit Line:The Barry D. Maurer (Class of 1959) Collection of African art purchased with Amherst College Discretionary Fund and funds from H. Axel Schupf (Class of 1957)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
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Description:
This wooden figure is decorated and wrapped in feather, cloth, and fiber elements to enhance its apotropeic properties.

Tags:
sculpture; art; woods; feathers; hairstyles; symbolism; African; figurines; shape; narrative; perspective; ropes; cloth; angels

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