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Kuba dignitary hairstyle (N° 17538)
African art Kuba.
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-Coiffe consisting of raffia textile with a rigid circular frame. symbolizing wealth and fertility.
The Kuba and the tribes established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers, including the Bushoong and Dengese also from the Mongo group, are renowned for the refinement of the prestigious objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic ceremonial objects with refined motifs, including cuts, drinking horns and cups. The Kuba, whose name means Lightning also produced African tools and weapons, including jet knives, which eventually became transaction values, and heavy war swords, Ilwoon. The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong which are still ruled by a king today. It is the most prolific group in Western Kasai. Ritual ceremonies remained an opportunity to display decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Material(s)||plant fibre, cauris, eprels|
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