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Kuba cup (N° 25377)

Ex-Belgian African art collection
Different forms of cups with similar designs, aimed at glorifying the qualities of their owners, were carved by the Kuba groups. Satin black patina, desication cracks. Native restoration.

The Kuba and the tribes established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. They indeed produced anthropomorphic ceremonial objects with refined motifs including palm wine cups or poison oracles, drinking horns and goblets. Central African people established in Kasai, neighbor of the Kuba, the Ndengese form one of the clans descended from a common Mongo ancestor, some of them originating from the Upper Nile. They produced primitive art statues with absent or truncated lower limbs, covered with graphic symbols, symbolizing the prestige of the chief. Ref.: "Treasures of Africa" Museum of Tervuren. Source: Kuba, ed. 5continents, Binkley and Darish.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm26
Depth18 cm
Width12 cm
Weight0.70 Kg

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