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Kuba Cup Palm Wine Congo African Art

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Product #: 113462
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Title Kuba Cup Palm Wine Congo African Art
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of the Congo
People Kuba
Materials Wood, pigments
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 9 Inches
Width: 3.75 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Large crack through cup, smaller cracks, chips , wear and dirt


Additional information: A beautiful wooden palm wine cup carved by the Kuba people in the Congo region.  


Wooden cups are among the most popular artifacts found in the Kuba region in the savanna region of the southeastern part of Democratic Republic of the Congo. These cups may be seen as the consecration of decorative art among the Kuba. Kuba society is devoted to the visual: The art of decoration reigns supreme. Their art is prized both for the quality and care of their craftsmanship and for the astounding power of their design (Bwiin) which touched sensitivity of western collectors and artists. All artifacts are decorated with geometric design, as if its absence indicated poverty (Meurant, George, Showa Design, p.131). When one thinks of Kuba art their decoration patterns are usually the first image which occurs. They are present on Masks, Figures, textiles, household items such as these Palm wine Cups. These palm wine cups are usually made out of wood, and produced in various forms. Some are simple cylindrical mug with or without handle. Others represented human heads or faces, full male or female figures, usually with elaborated scarification. A few of them are designed as drums or stools. Some times the openwork base depicts a human leg and so forth. In many cases, handles are more elaborated than other parts of the cup. 


For Further Information and similar pieces see:-Meurant, George, 1986, ART KUBA, Credit Communal, Brussels-Meurant, George, 1986, SHOOWA DESIGN, Brussels-Mack, John, EMILE TORDAY AND ART OF THE CONGO 1900-1909, University of Washington Press, Seattle


-Cornet, Joseph, 1982, ART ROYAL KUBA, Edizioni Sipiel, Milano-Cornet, Joseph, 1978, A Survey of Zairian Art-The Bronson Collection, North Carolina Museum of Art