lidded container with human head

Creation date
wood, bark
Mark Descriptions
pyro engraved on base "Song DekVoi" (have not translated "DekVoi") - possibly a location or family reference. On upper vase there is "578" in white pigment, which is Brill collection inventory number.
H: 20 5/8 in.
Credit line
Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art with the Mrs. Pierre F. Goodrich Endowed Art Fund, Roger G. Wolcott Fund, The Beeler Fund and the Russell and Becky Curtis Art Purchase Endowment Fund
Accession number
Currently On View In
Eiteljorg Suite of African and Oceanic Art - W303
Collected by Mr. Castelain before 1911 in Rungu village, Bomokandi zone, Uele region, Belgian Congo; acquired by Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium, in 1911.(1)
By exchange to Morton Lipkin of (Lipkin Gallery Ltd, London) in 1974.(2)
Sold to William W. Brill [1918-2003] in1974.(3)
His estate sale (Sotheby's, New York) in 2006. (4)
Purchased by IMA in 2006.
(1) The registration number of the container was MCB 3370 (erased with traces remaining on lid, proper right, beside the sewing line). Information courtesy of Boris Wastiau, Curator, Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium, in correspondence, November 2006.
(2) Ibid.
(3) Acquired by Brill on February 15, 1974, as per letter from Lipkin in IMA Historical File.
(4) See Sotheby's, New York, The William W. Brill Collection of African Art, November 17, 2005, lot no. 115 (ill.).
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