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Statuette Cuba
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A small version akin to statues of Ndop rulers, it features a notable kneeling of the kuba court, wife or ancestor of royal blood. The scarified motifs, inscribed in relief on his face, recall the drawings adorning some of the kuba masks associated with the mythology of the group. These masks occur during dances accompanying funeral ceremonies for deceased insiders. Piece acquired in a gallery by the owner in 1980.
Patine lustrous caramel. One of the feet is missing. Orifice on the back for a ritual purpose?
Severy tribes make up the Kuba, whose name means clair, established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers: Bushoong, Ngeendé, Binji, Wongo, Kété, etc. Each of them has produced a variety of sculptures associated with royalty, statues, prestigious objects, masks, frequently ...


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Kasai s Shoowa woven panel
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Belgian African tribal art collection.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Products to Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, a subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real paintings of first 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 ...


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The The Cuban Bushoong
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Incarnation of the king in African art Kuba
Suring divine origin for his subjects, the king with the visor hairstyle shody is depicted sitting in a suit on the royal stage, unable to touch the ground. This statue considered magical was carved from termite-resistant wood. Symbols ibol associated with his reign, allowing him to be identified, surround him, in this case a game, the lywl . Small effigies are usually slave figures. As leader of both the kingdom and the bushoong chiefdom, "nyim", supernatural abilities from witchcraft or ancestors were attributed to him. He therefore ensured the perreanity of his subjects, whether through the harvests, the rain or the birth of the children. These magical attributes, however, were not hereditary.
In the last days of the king's life, ...


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Kuba Shoowa Velvet from Kasai
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Belgian African tribal art collection.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Products to Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, a subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real paintings of first 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 ...

Kuba Kete Mulwalwa Mask
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African arts at ", the people of the lightning.
The mask Mulwalwa is used in male initiation rites in the southern Kuba region and embodies a spirit of nature, a ngesh controlling fertility and fertility in the eyes of the Kuba. A similar copy is shown at the Museum of Ethnology in Berlin. This mask is also used in Biombos that are of Kete Kuba origin. A protruding forehead housing exorbited, conical pupils forms the specificity of this tribal mask. These evoke those of a chameleon and the power of ngesh . The face is crowned with a volume that would be associated with a container of palm wine upside down. A symbol of inebriation, he warns of the potential danger of approaching it. A raffia adornment is attached to the perforations of the contours of the object. Different geometric ...


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Kasai Shoowa Velvet
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Belgian African tribal art collection.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Products to Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, a subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real paintings of first 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 ...


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Sword launches Kuba
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This tribal weapon consists of a manly wooden handle extending with a harpoon blade. The handle is carved with diamond motifs organized into different friezes characteristic of the kuba groups.
The Kuba of the Democratic Republic of Congo, made up of the tribes Bushoong, Ngeendé, Binji, Wongo, Kee, etc., established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers, stood out for their royal, sophisticated art, of great variety. For the past century, this creative people has provided many remarkable pieces to museums and collectors in Europe and America. The Kuba are made up of eighteen groups, including the dominant Bushoong who were in the 16th century at the origin of the Kuba kingdom ruled by the Nyim king. Each clan has produced a variety of sculptures, statues, prestigious objects, masks, ...


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Effigy Ndop Bushoong Kuba
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Incarnation of the king in the African art sculpture Kuba.
Alers for his subjects, the king is depicted sitting in a suit on the royal platform, unable to touch the ground. This statue considered magical was carved from termite-resistant wood. Symbols ibol associated with his reign, generally identify him. As leader of both the kingdom and the bushoong chiefdom, 'nyim', supernatural abilities from witchcraft or ancestors were attributed to him. He therefore ensured the peregity of his subjects, whether through the harvests, the rain or the birth of the children. These magical attributes, however, were not hereditary.
The gravity-printed face has been carefully constructed, just like the digital feet and hands. Beautiful sculpted work. Locally abraded dark brown patina.


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Coupe céphalomorphe Cuba Bushoong
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The Kuba and the tribes established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers, including the Bushoong and Dengese also from the Mongo group, are renowned for the refinement of the prestigious objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic ceremonial objects with refined motifs, including cuts, drinking horns and cups. The Leles are 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 geometric decorative motifs. The Shoowa, who adapted the sculptural style of the Kuba to ...


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Shoowa woven panel called Kasai velvet
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Produced to Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, 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 ...


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Kuba Royal Drinking Cup
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This prestigious cephalomorphic cut features a face flanked by two side horns reminiscent of the ancient hairstyle of Kuba warriors who have been sporting by the chiefs ever since. Its intricate ornamentation was strictly reserved for objects associated with bushoong royalty. The cut is meticulously engraved with geometric patterns similar to the traditional body scarifications and embroidered drawings of raffia textiles produced by the ethnic group. The face with angular features evokes an forefather in meditation. The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. The Lee live to the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural characteristics with the Bushoongs of the Kuba country. Several Kuba groups produced ...


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Kuba Ikul Knife
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The Ikula knife (peace knife) is not a weapon but a symbol of social status. This symbol of authority was very little sharpened. The Kuba blacksmiths were able to draw inspiration from the knives of Benin, whose shape is similar, introduced by the Dutch. It was following a royal decree that wooden knives appeared, the king forbidding iron on full moon nights. The blade is open with geometric patterns reminiscent of the polychrome checkerboards adorning the masks of the ethnic group. The handle is made of wood, its decorative engravings are abraded, giving an elegant grey patina.
Severy tribes make up the Kuba group, established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers: Bushoong, Ngeendé, Binji, Wongo, Kété, etc. Each of them has produced a variety of sculptures, statues, prestigious ...


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Shoowa Velvet woven panel from Kasai
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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 ...

Kasai s Shoowa woven panel
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African art > African Textile > Velours 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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Kasai Shoowa Velvet
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Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, Kuba subgroup, these fabrics forming real first art paintings, consist of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by contrasts of tone. 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 technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the 17th century. ...


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Lele / Ngeendé hem mask
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African art > African mask > Masque Cuba

Sharing with the sophisticated Moshambwooy mask of the Kuba the same voluminous canvas trim on which were attached cauris and thousands of beads, this mask offers a flat wooden face with a half-closed look whose palpebral slits have been hollowed out. This type of mask was used at annual foundation ceremonies. The white color refers to mourning, while blue is associated with royalty.
The Lel, neighbours of the Tschokwe and Pende, live to the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural characteristics with the Bushoongs of the Kuba country. Both groups adorn their prestige objects with similar motifs. Their company, led by a king u-0022 nymi ", comprises three classes, that of the Tundu or warlords, the Batshwa (", those who reject the Tundu" authority) and the Wongo ...


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Kasai s Shoowa woven panel
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African art > African Textile > 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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Friction Oracle Itombwa Kuba
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Former Belgian private collection of African art J. Putteneers.

Itombwa oracles are mostly in the form of an elongated animal with a wooden pusher held by a rope on its back. This small wooden element was rubbed on the animal's back during divination rituals.
The room was held by the tail, facing the interlocutor. The pusher's movements or abrupt stops attested to the veracity of the pusher's words and allowed the soothsayer to interpret these signs.
Apart from their usefulness as lie detectors, The Itombwa oracles were also used to detect diseases.


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Kasai Shoowa woven panel
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The African art and refinement of the weaving Kuba Products in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, Kuba subgroup, these fabrics forming real first art paintings, consist of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by contrasts of tone. 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 technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the ...


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Nshak Etoffe, Ncak Bushoong
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Prestigious fabrics among the objects of African art KubaProduce d'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 take over 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 ...


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 Mask Ngaady A waash - Kuba /Bushoong
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Br-African Early Arts at "the lightning people".
This female mask danced by a man wearing a woman's costume appeared in the chief's enclosure or at the palace, usually in the company of zomorphic masks. Impressive for the structure above it, a basket frame covered with battered and tinted bark fibres, and by its decoration of shells, pearls and raffia, this mask of the Ku-0022blind" mask has a ploychrome surface characteristic of the Kuba groups. The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong which are still ruled today by a king. 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. The ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to display the decorative arts and masks, in order ...





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