Chief’s sceptre (mvwala)

Description
The chief’s sceptre was an instrument of memory, communication and mediation. The Roman Catholic Church had much influence on the Kongo nobility during the early contact period. This example was likely intended for a local chief who was associated with a Christian missionary.

Donated by Winslow Jones circa 1879. The acquisition means is unknown. The staff’s maker is unknown.

H. 726 x W. 57 mm
Accession Loan No.
E1426
Collection Class
Religion and magic
Common Name
chief’s sceptre (mvwala)
Simple Name
sceptre
Full Name
chief’s sceptre (mvwala)
Dimensions
whole height 726 mm; whole W 57 mm
Cultural Group
BaKongo
Production Year High
1897
Production Country
Congo, Democratic Republic of
Production Area Region
Central Africa
Production Continent
Africa
Family Group

Material
wood
Collection Area Region
W
Collection Continent
Africa

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