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Masque Cuba
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Masque Cuba

This kuba mask or surrounding related groups, kete and bushoong, bears various artistically made decorative motifs. Polychrome patina.
The spirits of nature, the ngesh , were supposed to be incarnated in the Kuba masks during the dances. The dancers' footprints were then erased so as not to "bless" women venturing into the dance area.
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 among 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. Three ...


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Kuba Lele sculpted cut
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Kuba Cup

Among the prestigious objects, this cup with its contours carved with four faces in high relief and engraved with geometric motifs. The faces marked with scarification marks recall the features of the great Kuba royal masks. Matt surface coated with tukula pigments, red ochre.
The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the higher ranks of their society. Indeed, several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined designs including cups, drinking horns and beakers. The Lele are established in the west of the Kuba kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele rivers. Intercultural exchanges between the Bushoong of the Kuba territory and the Lele have made the attribution of certain objects difficult, as both ...


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Kuba double headrest
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African art > Head rest > Kuba neck support

Within the Figurative sculpture of the Kuba, the prestigious objects held by members of the kuba royal family and the peripheral groups, Bushoong and Dengese, are always decorated with engraved motifs, parallel lines, intersecting, and checkerboards. The same geometric patterns, however, adorn objects for undidiidedul use, such as this headrest. 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 Lightning People, 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 ...


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Lele Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Lele Mask

In the category of masks with a relatively flat structure, this Lele mask presents details carved into an elongated face, such as orbits surrounded by grooves and metal bands, a narrow nose and a small tubular mouth. The headdress, in slight relief, is engraved with intertwined lines. Beautiful smooth and lustrous patina, locally encrusted with ochre.
The Lele , neighbors of the Tschokwe and the Pende , live in the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural characteristics with the Bushoong of Kuba country. Both groups adorn their prestige objects with similar motifs. Their society, headed by a " nymi" king, includes three classes, that of the Tundu or war chiefs, the Batshwa ("those who reject the Tundu authority"), and the Wongo called after the neighboring ethnic ...


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Cerelomoprhe Kuba/Lélé Cup
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Kuba cup

Among the prestigious objects, this palm wine cup with its stylized handles. The sculpted face recalls the features of the great royal Kuba masks. Glossy surface inlaid with kaolin residues. Cracks of desiccation.
The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for the high ranks of their society. Indeed, several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined designs, including cups, drinking horns and goblets. The Lele settled in the western part of the Kuba kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele rivers. Intercultural exchanges between the Bushoong of the Kuba territory and the Lele made the attribution of certain objects delicate, as both groups use the same iconography, composed of faces with elaborate hairstyles and ...


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Shoowa Kuba woven panel from Kasai
African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Velours Kuba

African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, Kuba sub-group, these fabrics, which form true paintings of prime art, consist of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut flush, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts in tone. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarification of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had ...


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Kuba Bushoong Wisdom Basket with a Lid
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Kuba basket

Ex Italian African tribal art collection.
Among the regalia symbolizing the status of dignitaries, this basket of wisdom which found its source in the mythology around Woot constitutes one of the insignia of the king nyim and of the highest notables. Inlaid with pearls, cowries, finely chiselled and hammered copper leaves, it illustrates the artistic refinement of the kuba. Small lacks located around the base. Cracks of desiccation.
The Kuba and the tribes established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers, including the Bushoong and Dengese also originating from the Mongo group, are famous for the refinement of prestige objects created for the members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic ceremonial objects with refined designs, ...

Shoowa Kuba panel from Kasai
African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Kuba Textile

African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving. Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, Kuba sub-group, these fabrics forming true paintings of primitive art, consist of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut to the ground. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarification of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of ...


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Ngeende Kuba anthropomorphic cup
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Ngeende Cup

Ex-German African art collection.
. Various forms of palm wine bowls, whose ornamentation sought to glorify the qualities of their owners, were carved for the dignitaries of the Kuba groups. Wine was extracted twice a day from raffia palm trees planted for this purpose, and sold by the cup. Lustrous black-brown patina.
Among the clans kuba , the Ngeende produced an abundance of prestigious sculptures, sometimes intended for neighboring groups. According to tradition, the Ngeende, who are said to be descended from the mythical ancestor Woot, came from north of the Sankuru River. After being defeated by a bushoong king, they joined the Kuba kingdom in the 16th century. They produced a large number of masks associated with the story of the mythical ancestor Woot. The ...


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Shoowa Kuba woven panel from Kasai
African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Kuba Velvet

Belgian African tribal art collection.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics, which form real paintings of primitive art, are made of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut flush, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of ...


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Shoowa Kuba woven panel from Kasai
African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Velours Kuba

Belgian African tribal art collection.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics, which form real paintings of primitive art, are made of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut flush, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of ...


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Shoowa Kuba woven panel from Kasai
African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Velours Kuba

Belgian African tribal art collection.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics, which form real paintings of primitive art, are made of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut flush, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of ...


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Royal Kuba / Ngeendé mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Ngeendé Mask

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
The Ngeendé, forming one of the Kuba tribes living in the eastern part of the territory, produced a variant of the spectacular African Kuba mask moshambwooy created by the ruling bushoong ethnic group. There are many regional stylistic interpretations of this Kuba tribal mask named Mukenga or Mukenge, symbolizing the Woot ruler at the origin of the clan, but the characteristic of the mask invariably remains the trunk-shaped headdress. Made on a wickerwork frame, the helmet-like mask is entirely covered with hundreds of pearls and cowries arranged in geometric patterns. A thick raffia collar decorates the contours. This mask embodies the power of the king through its animal symbolism, the elephant being once a source of wealth and abundance ...


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Kuba Drinking Horn
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Coupe Cuba

Prestigious cuts in African art kuba
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.


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Etoffe Ncak nsueha Bushoong
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African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Etoffe Ncak

Prestigious fabrics among the objects of African art Kuba
Products in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, mainly, subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real first art paintings, consist of a textile base in raffia. The geometric patterns formed represent the bodily scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. They in many cases took value of money, or also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the weaving technique to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of forging. It was the men who softened the fibers of young ...

Kete Kuba Crest Mask
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Masque Cuba

A sculpture of a bust of a human figure , Kamagengu ka Muana rises from a hollow base. The statue is adorned with polychrome motifs carefully made and assembled in different color zones, characteristic of the bushoong productions of the Kuba kingdom. This mask appeared at the closing of initiation ceremonies for young people and at the funerals of important members of the community. Abrasions.
The Kete, settled between the Luba and Songye, mingled with the Kuba and Tschokwe and made their living from hunting, net fishing, and farming. Their matrilineal society worships nature spirits called mungitchi through offerings and incantations. Believing in reincarnation, they also fear a supreme god called mboom . The rituals of their initiation societies are different from those of ...


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Masque Kuba Bushoong Bwoom
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Kuba Mask

The early African arts in "the lightning people".
Ngongo version of the voluminous and heavy royal Bwoom mask, supposedly blind, representing the pygmy, the man of the people nicknamed Twa. These masks were most often borrowed from Kuba groups. According to Joseph Cornet, this mask was introduced during the reign of a Kuba king, the nyim, who became insane after having his predecessor's offspring murdered. Dark satin-like patina, erosions, and cracks. Discreet polychrome highlights. The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong who are still ruled by a king today. More than twenty types of tribal masks are used among the Kuba or "lightning people", with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies provided an opportunity to ...


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Royal Mask Kuba Mwash a mboy
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Royal Mask Kuba Mwash a mboy

This kuba mask is arguably the best known in African art.

Altht a rich decoration of cauris and raffia. There are many regional stylistic interpretations of the Mwash a moby mask, but the most marked features of the mask are invariably the stripped face and the trunk-shaped headdress.

More than twenty types of masks are used in the Kuba, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Three types of masks have been associated with dances that take place in the royal precinct: the first, called Moshambwooy, depicts Woot, the founder of the Bushoong, the hero of culture. The second, known as Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash), plays Woot's wife/sister, a character who was reportedly introduced to give greater importance to the role of women. The third mask is ...

Kasai s Shoowa woven panel
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African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Textile Cuba

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, a Kuba subgroup, these fabrics forming real paintings of prime art, consist of a textile base in raffia on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases they took the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the velvet weaving technique to Kuba country in the ...


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Kuba Cup / Palm Wine Lele
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Kuba cup

Ex-German African art collection.

Abundance of decorative sculptures in African kuba art.
The anthropomorphic cup, like the mask bwoom , is engraved with geometric decorative motifs borrowed from scarification, also found on shoowa raffia textiles. Various forms of cups were carved, whose ornamentation sought to glorify the qualities of their owners. Abraded semi-matt patina.
The extremely organized and hierarchical Kuba society placed in its center a king or nyim inspiring the statuary of the ethnic group.
It was considered to be of divine origin. At the same time chief of the kingdom and the bushoong chieftaincy, one attributed supernatural virtues to him stemming from witchcraft or ancestors. He thus ensured the perpetuation of his subjects, whether ...


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Kuba Velvet from Kasai
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African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Textile Cuba

The African art and refinement of Kuba weaving, produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, a subgroup Kuba, these fabrics forming real paintings of first art, consist of a textile base in raphia on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases they took the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the velvet weaving technique to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously ...


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