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Kuba figure (N° 21717)
Incarnation of the king in Kuba African art sculpture.
Character riding a lion. The object could symbolize, on the part of the sovereign or a dignitary, the subjugation of the spirits of nature and the mastery of danger.
Velvety grayish brown patina.
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The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige items created for members of the higher ranks of their society.
The extremely organized and hierarchical Kuba society placed at its center a king or nyim inspiring the statuary of the ethnic group. This was considered to be of divine origin. At the same time head of the kingdom and of the bushoong chiefdom, "nyim", supernatural capacities resulting from witchcraft or ancestors were attributed to him. He therefore ensured the sustainability of his subjects, whether through harvests, rain or the birth of children. These magical attributes, however, were not hereditary.
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