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Coupe Kuba Lee (N° 18425)

Among the prestigious objects held by members of the Kuba royal family and peripheral groups, including Bushoong and Lele or Leele, this type of cephalomorphic palm wine cup. The face recalls the morphology of the large royal Kuba masks with a flared hairstyle behind shaved temples. Engraved motifs complete the ornamentation. Satin brown patina. Lack on the bottom edge.
The Kuba Kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main tribe Bushoong which is still ruled by a king, and whose capital was Nshyeeng or Mushenge.More than twenty types of tribal masks are used in the Kuba or Lightning People, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to display decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king. The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestigious objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined motifs, including cuts, drinking horns and cups. The Lele s established in the west of the Kuba Kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele rivers.Intercultural exchanges between the Bushoong of Kuba territory and the Leles made it difficult to allocate certain objects, as both groups use the same iconography, consisting of faces with elaborate hairstyles and decorative motifs géométriques.br>  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height22
Width12
Weight0.80 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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