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Kuba Bushoong Wisdom Basket with a Lid (N° 19478)

Ex Italian African tribal art collection.
Among the regalia symbolizing the status of dignitaries, this basket of wisdom which found its source in the mythology around Woot constitutes one of the insignia of the king nyim and of the highest notables. Inlaid with pearls, cowries, finely chiselled and hammered copper leaves, it illustrates the artistic refinement of the kuba. Small lacks located around the base. Cracks of desiccation.
The Kuba and the tribes established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers, including the Bushoong and Dengese also originating from the Mongo group, are famous for the refinement of prestige objects created for the members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic ceremonial objects with refined designs, including cups, drinking horns, and goblets. The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong who are still ruled by a king today. It is the most prolific group in Western Kasai. Ritual ceremonies remained the occasion to display decorative arts and masks to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king. Most of these masks embody spirits of nature, guarantors of fertility and fecundity, called the ngesh .
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Originex-collection italienne
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, perles, cauris
Height60
Width31
Weight3.65 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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