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Kabra Blue

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  • Micha asked

    What is the meaning of this art work? Has the combination of Delft china and the golden ears which look Xhosa any special meaning?

    Thank you in advance for your reply.

    Cheers Michael

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Micha,

    This piece was made by the artist inspired by a 17th century Delfts blue vase and a Nigerian (Egungun) mask from another collection in the Netherlands. It was made in collaboration with Marion Markelo who is an Afro-Surinamese Winiti priest.



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Title Kabra Blue
Material and technique Earthenware, faience, gold luster, tin glaze, hand painted
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height Error: 103,2 is not a valid BCD value cm
Diameter Error: 45,6 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Artist: Boris van Berkum
Decorator: Diana van Zeijl
Executor: Heinen Delfts Blauw
Accession number A 9046 a-b (KN&V)
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Purchased with funds from the estate of Koster & Quist, 2022
Department Applied Arts & Design
Acquisition date 2022
Creation date in 2022-2023
Internal exhibitions Lievelingen (2024)

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Boris van Berkum

Rotterdam 1968

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