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Coupe céphalomorphe Cuba Bushoong (N° 17297)

The Kuba and the tribes established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers, including the Bushoong and Dengese also from the Mongo group, are renowned for the refinement of the prestigious objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic ceremonial objects with refined motifs, including cuts, drinking horns and cups. The Leles are 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 have made it difficult to allocate certain objects, as both groups use the same iconography, consisting of faces with elaborate hairstyles and geometric decorative motifs. The Shoowa, who adapted the sculptural style of the Kuba to their traditions, also produced this type of palm wine glasses.
A Losangic face is surmounted by a hollowed-out circular shape. Its contours bear the decorative motifs of textiles traditionally woven by the ethnic group. Glossy clear patina, with residue of whitish pigments.  

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Originrécolté in-situ 1986
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height12
Width7
Weight0.05 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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