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Kuba Drinking Horn (N° 14422)
Prestigious cuts in African art kuba
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The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestigious objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. The Leus live in the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural characteristics with the Bushoong of the Kuba country. Both groups adorn their prestige objects with similar motifs.
Bringing various patterns carved in reliefs and faces dug into the surface of the wood, this cup of palm wine was intended for kuba warriors. The cord was used to attach them to the waist. The wine was extracted twice a day from raffia palms planted for this purpose, and sold by cup. Various forms of cups were carved, the adornment of which sought to glorify the qualities of their owners. Satin dark patina. Height on base: 28 cm.
The highly organized and hierarchical Kuba society placed a king or nyim in its centre inspiring the statuary of the ethnic group.
This was considered to be of divine origin. 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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