Teke Necklace - D.R. Congo

This is a fine Teke necklace known as mulua u a mpu, which denotes chiefly status. Hand cast in circular form, the whole is decorated with linear designs both incised and embossed. The motifs are arranged in a beautifully structural manner and carried beyond the confines of the circular silhouette by periodic rectangular flanges.

Necklace comes with custom base.

Teke
Brass
Late 19th or early 20th century
H 11.75" W 11.75"
Ex Eton School, UK; private UK collection

#448
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