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anthropomorphic Cuba Bushoong cup (N° 17939)

Among the prestigious objects held by members of the Kuba royal family and peripheral groups, such as Bushoong and Dengese, this stunning palm wine cup, remarkably made, features a head drawn on curved legs. The face recalls the morphology of the large royal Kuba masks with a flared hairstyle behind shaved temples. Checkerboard engravings complete the ornamentation. Dark satin patina.
The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main tribe Bushoong which is still ruled by a king, and whose capital was Nshyeeng or Mushenge. More than twenty types of tribal masks are used in the Kuba or people of lightning, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to display decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king. The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestigious objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined motifs, including cuts, drinking horns and cups. The Lele s 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 decorative motifs géomé  

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Originex-collection suisse
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight1.10 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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