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Kuba cup (N° 23071)

This cephalomorphic cup was intended for palm oil. In the kuba groups, a wide variety of these sculptures with figurative motifs are intended to enhance the prestige of their bearer. The edges are fine and regular.
Velvety patina.


The extremely organized and hierarchical Kuba society 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. These magical attributes were not hereditary, however, as the king was elected by a council.
Source: Kuba, ed. 5continents, Binkley and Darish.  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm11
Depth8 cm
Width6 cm
Weight0.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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