Democratic Republic of the Congo
Late 19th-early 20th century
Wood, bark, plant fiber, string
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust. X65.5471a,b
Mangbetu and related peoples created bark boxes for storing personal possessions. Some boxes were particularly prized for their workmanship and were accordingly considered prestige items. This box demonstrates the masterful fusion of form and function that is characteristic of much African art.
Source: Gallery Wall Text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives. (written in 2005)