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Publication: 1906. Dennett, R. E. At the Back of the Black Man's Mind, Or Notes on the Kingly Office in West Africa.

Original language: English

Caption: Mpembe. See page 91.

Text: [Mpembe]: "Qwango, Ngoyo, Mbondo of Mboio, Mpembe are Zinkici Bakondi (see Pl. V, viii). Makwani and Ximpungu are names also of figures of this class. Bisongo (like forks) are also known here (see Pl. V)." (p. 91)
Illustration technique: b/w studio photograph

Publication page: facing 90

Publication plate/figure: plate V

Keywords:
• Tanzania (Country, region, place)
• cowries (Materials and techniques)
• wood (Materials and techniques)
• carved (Materials and techniques)
• incised (Materials and techniques)
• cicatrice (Notable features)
• waistcloth (Notable features)
• male (Notable features)
• plug (Notable features)
• nkisi (Object name, type)
• sculpture (Object name, type)
• standing male (Object name, type)
• statuette (Object name, type)
• Makonde (Style, culture group)

Collections:
• British Museum, London (Collection at time of publication)

Comments:
Costa Petridis, (11/9/2005): Looks vaguely like Makonde sculpture to me...

Jim Ross, (1/19/2013):

This figure appears in African Sculpture by William Fagg (1969) 99, cat. no. 110 with the following caption & text: "Figure of a Man. H. 13 inches. The British Museum, London. This figure, acquired for the British Museum in 1871 (from another English collection) by the Keeper of Antiquities, the great Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks, clearly belongs to the Makonde complex, but also embodies in its deeply incised decoration, based on long rows of triangles, equally clear influence from the Arab culture of the coast. It is thought to have come from Manganja, near Kilwa Kisiwani, the greatest Arab metropolis on the coast of Tanzania; this is within the territory of the Wangindo, but it has probably been long since impossible to determine whether this was really a product of this culture, or was intrusive."