Clyster

CULTURE:
Kuba peoples
DATE:
19th–20th century
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General Description

This wooden irrigation funnel is decorated with the same intricate incised designs found on Kuba cut-pile and embroidered textiles. It was used to administer enemas to adults; there were smaller ones for children. A 19th-century African American missionary observed that the Kuba had a "taste for the beautiful," which clearly included making the most mundane objects visually appealing.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, Arts of Africa, 2015.