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Kuba Cup (N° 19952)

Among the prestigious objects, this cup with its contours carved with four faces in high relief and engraved with geometric motifs. The faces marked with scarification marks recall the features of the great Kuba royal masks. Matt surface coated with tukula pigments, red ochre.
The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the higher ranks of their society. Indeed, several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined designs including cups, drinking horns and beakers. The Lele are established in the west of the Kuba kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele rivers. Intercultural exchanges between the Bushoong of the Kuba territory and the Lele have made the attribution of certain objects difficult, as both groups use the same iconography, composed of faces with elaborate hairstyles and geometric decorative motifs.   

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Originex-collection Colmant
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm23
Width29 cm
Weight2.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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