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Pende peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cup
Wood, pigment
H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection
Indiana University Art Museum, 87.24.7


Made to hold palm wine, a mildly intoxicating beverage fermented from the sap of certain palm trees, this cup was carved as a prestige object. The head's features, such as the upturned nose, are similar to those found on many Pende masks.