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Kuba pin (N° 22618)
French African art collection
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In African art any everyday object can become an artistic support.
Brown patina for this Kuba hairpin, surmounted by a face with finely sculpted features.
The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige items created for members of the high ranks of their society. Particularly organized and hierarchical, it placed in its center a king or nyim 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. Source: Kuba, ed. 5continents, Binkley and Darish.