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Kuba Figural Cup Head One Foot Congo African Art

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Title Kuba Figural Cup Head One Foot Congo African Art
Type of Object Ceremonial Cup
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of the Congo
People Kuba
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 10.5
Width (in) 5.25
Depth (in) 6.
Dimensions Height: 10.5 Inches
Width: 5.25 Inches
Depth: 6. 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 Crack at back of foot, Chips on back of head and back of rim

Additional Information: A well carved Kuba cup in the form of a human head, with a single foot. Figural cups such as this 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. Kuba 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.