- Label Text
- The art of the Kuba peoples is noted for covering surfaces of wood objects and textiles with interlacing bands and knot patterns. Clysters, funnels for administering enemas, fit in this grouping of decorated functional and prestige objects. This example has use patination over a finely carved geometric pattern. While clysters appear in the literature, their use is not really described. The question as to whether they are purely medicinal or are for administering hallucinogenic substances remains unanswered.
- Wood funnel with banded interlace motif and overall encrusted surface.
- Mikoom Yemam, a member of Kuba royal family (Cornet assistant), ca. 2004
- Allen C. Davis, ca. 2004 to 2010
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Kuba artist
- Mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of Allen Clayton Davis
- Wood, encrustation
- H x W x D: 23.5 x 7.9 x 6.4 cm (9 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 in.)