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Vessel supported by female kneeling legs, with three figures seated on the rim

19th century


7 1/2 × 6 × 6 in. (19.05 × 15.24 × 15.24 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn for the Linton Collection of African Art
Made in near Sankuru, Democratic Republic of the Congo
19th century
Containers - Wood

Acquired on expedition in Africa between 1904–1906 by Leo Frobenius, Northern Kuba near Sankuru.
Dr. Ralph Linton, Sterling Professor of Anthropology at Yale, unknown date–1953
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn donated to Yale University Art Gallery for the Linton Collection of African Art in 1955


Jan Vansina, Art History in Africa (London: Longman Group Limited, 1884), 153, fig. 8.5.

Leo Frobenius, Im Schatten des Kongostaates: Bericht über den Verlauf der ersten Reisen der D. I. A. F. E. von 1904–1906, über deren forschungen und Beobachtungen auf geographischem und Kolonialwirtschaftlichem Gebiet (Berlin: G. Reimer, 1907), 233, ill.

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