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Kuba cup (N° 22553)

The outline of this cephalomorphic cut is embellished with an imbolo frieze made up of geometric patterns referring to scarifications, also used on the shoowa raffia textiles. These different types of carved cups aim to enhance the prestige of their owners.
Satin abraded patina.

The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige items created for members of the high ranks of their society.
Particularly organized and hierarchical, it placed a king or nyim at its center, inspiring the statuary of the ethnic group.
This was considered to be of divine origin. Both head of the kingdom and of the bushoong chiefdom, he was attributed supernatural virtues from witchcraft or ancestors. He therefore ensured the sustainability of his subjects, whether through harvests, rain or the birth of children. Source: Kuba, ed. 5continents, Binkley and Darish.  

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OriginRécolté in -situ 1997
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm19
Width11 cm
Weight0.40 Kg
Socle includedYes

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