Artist: Unknown

Culture/People: Yombe or Vili

Place: Zaire

Media: Wood, glass and pigment


Date: Late 19th century

Description: Chosen by student curator Roan Mulholland for her exhibition in the 2018 Eye Opener Hands-On Exhibition. “This piece was used ceremonially, as a representation of an important ancestor figure or the first originator of the people.The sculpture’s intense facial expression, that it fit into the palm of my hand, the smoothness of it, the larger facial features, all seemed perfect to have as an object to learn more about. I loved the essence of the piece, that even the crack on the back of it could not deter me from it.”

RTC No: AF0015

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Wood head from Zaire

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