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Lele milk container (N° 20765)

Like their Kuba neighbors, the Lele have a wide variety of carved objects and sculptures for everyday use, such as this spherical cephalomorphic container with a spout for milk. The slight asymmetry of the features lends this object a childlike sweetness. Dark matt patina. Black metal base: 15/15 cm.
The Lele, neighbors of the Tschokwe and the Pende, live in the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural specificities with the Bushoong of Kuba country. Both groups adorn their prestige objects with similar motifs. Their society, headed by a " nymi" king, includes three classes, that of the Tundu or war chiefs, the Batshwa ("those who reject the Tundu authority"), and the Wongo called after the neighboring ethnic group. The ritual ceremonies are under the authority of the elders, chiefs of each village who hold the secrets of medicinal plants. These elders once formed, with the parents of twins, spiritual intermediaries, the bangang brotherhood responsible for the initIation of the young. The carver is responsible for extracting palm wine, he also weaves raffia. He produces the ritual cups in which the palm wine is consumed to conclude an agreement.
Source: "Kuba", ed. 5continents, Binkley and Darish, "L'art africain", Mazenod.  

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OriginEx-collection française.
EthnyLele
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height17
Width20
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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