The slightly asymmetrical design gives this rare Kuba statuette a unique character, leaving the lasting imprint of its creator. Expressionist features are distinguished by an oversized, grimacing, toothy mouth. From the body entirely streaked with hatching, the umbilicus and sex protrude.
Satin black patina. Abrasions.
The Kuba and the tribes established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers, including the Bushoong and Dengese also originating from the Mongo group, are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong who are still led today by a king or nyim, considered to be of divine origin, inspiring the statuary of the ethnic group.
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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