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anthropomorphic Cuba Lele cup (N° 17934)

Among the prestigious objects held by members of the kuba royal family, this type of palm wine cup with a handle is built on a base of legs. The sculpture features the hairstyle in the shape of ram horns on either side of the face, which also refers to the fact that only the nyim (king) and his entourage could own sheep. The face recalls the morphology of the great royal Kuba masks. Checkerboard engravings complete the ornamentation. Dark satin patina.
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 art africain belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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