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Large cut Kuba Lele cephalomorph (N° 16462)

Among the prestigious objects, this palm wine cup whose handles are made up of the braids of the hairstyle of the carved effigy also has an anthropomorphic posterior handle. The flared base of the object is formed from the neck. The sculpted face has similarities with the features of large royal masks, Kuba. Checkerboard and diamond engravings complete the ornamentation. Patine mate abrasée.br-The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined motifs, including cups, drinking horns and cups. The Lele are established to the west of the Kuba kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele rivers.The intercultural exchanges between the Bushoongs of Kuba territory and the Lele have made it difficult to assign 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
Height35
Width20
Weight1.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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