Wooden statue possibly showing macroglossia, Democratic Republic of Congo, 1880-1910

Made:
1880-1910 in Democratic Republic of Congo
maker:
Songye people

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Wooden statue, possibly indicating macroglossia, Congo

Macroglossia is a disorder where the tongue becomes enlarged. This may be due to a range of causes, which include a number of inherited conditions, physical injury or through the growth of either benign or malignant tumours. Left untreated the condition can seriously affect an individual’s ability to speak or eat.

This statue is believed to be from the Songye people of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and was bought at auction by one of Henry Wellcome’s collecting agents in 1932.

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Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A114489
Materials:
eyes, shell, wood
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Sotheby's

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