Kuba Whistle - African art

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Kuba Whistle (N° 24566)

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Within the African figurative sculpture of the Kuba, the prestigious objects held by members of the Kuba royal family and peripheral groups, Bushoong and Dengese, are decorated with motifs similar to those adorning their textiles. This African art object is meticulously carved, the refined handle ending in the shape of a hand with realistic details. This type of whistle accompanied the exits of masks and played a role during ritual ceremonies. Black satin patina.
The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main tribe Bushoong which is still ruled today by a king, and whose capital was Nshyeeng or Mushenge. More than twenty types of tribal masks are used among the Kuba or "lightning people", with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to exhibit decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king.  


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OriginEx. collection belge Van Liere
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm30
Width7 cm
Weight0.32 Kg
Socle includedYes

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