African art > African Statues > Statuette Cuba
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 ...