Palm Wine Cup (Mbwoongntey)

Unknown19th century

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York City, United States

Wooden cup for ritual drinking of palm wine, in the form of a human head, with handle. Decorated at hairline, between eyes at temples with brass tacks. Condition: Base chipped has been broken and repaired.


  • Title: Palm Wine Cup (Mbwoongntey)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Location Created: Lulua or Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Type: Food/Drink, Service
  • Rights: Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
  • External Link: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/2966/Palm_Wine_Cup_Mbwoongntey
  • Medium: Wood, copper alloy
  • Dimensions: 6 3/4 x 4 x 5 1/8 in. (17.1 x 10.2 x 13 cm)
  • Culture: Kuba
  • Collection: Arts of Africa
  • Accession number: 22.1487

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