Democratic Republic of the Congo; Cabinda, Angola; Republic of the Congo
Kongo peoples; Yombe group
Wood, iron, metal strips
H. 56 in. (142.1 cm), W. 6 in. (15.2 cm), D. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1968
Not on view
At the summit of this staff of leadership, a female figure kneels on a circular platform. Crowned with a mpu cap of leadership, she rests her left hand on her breast and her right open palm on her knee.
Gustave E. De Hondt, Brussels, Belgium; Clark and Frances Stillman, New York, until 1968; The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1968–1978
Olbrechts, Frans M. Plastiek van Kongo. Antwerp: N.V. Standaard-Boekhandel, 1946, Pl. 193.
Lehuard, Raoul. "Art Bakongo: les centres de style." Arts d'Afrique Noire vol. 2 (1989), p. 468.
de Grunne, Bernard, ed. Masterhands: Afrikaanse beeldhouwers in de kijker, Catalog of an exhibition held at BBL Cultuurcentrum, March 22–June 24, 2001. Brussels: Espace Culturel ING-Belgium, 2001, p. 170.
LaGamma, Alisa. Kongo: Power and Majesty. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015, p. 196, fig. 132.