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Kuba Box Carved Lidded Geometric Patterns African Art

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Title Kuba Box Carved Lidded Geometric Patterns African Art
Type of Object Container
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Kuba
Materials Carved wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 12 Inches
Width: 10 Inches
Depth: 9.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina


Additional Information:  Lidded Box decorated with a carved face and geometric design patterns. The kuba (or Bakuba) have been described as a people who cannot bear to leave a surface without ornament. Known for their raffia textiles, they are equally known for their carved palm wine cups and cosmetic boxes, such as this one. These are generally used to store the tukula powder and paste, which is used to ornament the face and chest during dancers, as well as to anoint bodies for burial.