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Neck rest Kuba (N° 23358)


Within the figurative sculpture of the Kuba, the prestigious objects held by the members of the Kuba royal family and the peripheral groups, Bushoong and Dengese, are always decorated with engraved patterns, parallel lines, intersecting, and checkerboards. The same geometric patterns, however, adorn objects for individual use, such as this headrest with a cephalomorphic pattern. Satin nuanced brown patina.
The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main Bushoong tribe which is still ruled by a king today, and whose capital was Nshyeeng or Mushenge. More than twenty types of tribal masks are used among the Kuba or "lightning people". The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige items created for members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups indeed produced anthropomorphic objects with refined motifs including cups, drinking horns and goblets. The Lele are established in the west of the Kuba kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele rivers. The intercultural exchanges between the Bushoong of the Kuba territory and the Lele have made the attribution of certain objects difficult, because the two groups use the same iconography, composed of faces with elaborate hairstyles and geometric decorative motifs.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm9
Depth7 cm
Width36 cm
Weight0.57 Kg
Estimated datingfin xxème

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