|Title||Kuba Basket Handwoven Congo African Art|
|Type of Object||Antique Lidded Basket|
|Country of Origin||Democratic Republic of the Congo/(Zaire)|
|Approximate Age||20th Century|
|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||General wear, fraying, holes, splitting; see pictures for details|
Additional Information: A lidded basket from the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.This basket is of traditional design. Both top and bottom have four corners.The Kuba are known for their exquisite raffia textiles, but basketry is another area where they excel. Many baskets include elaborate enterplays of circle and square, where the basket will begin with one and end up with the other. The four pointy corners are also a trademark. The peg was used to anchor the basket in the grass roof of the hut. Such baskets were used to store foodstuff, to keep food fresh or warm, and also to serve meals. They were also used to store valuable and cosmetic items.
For a similar piece see COLLECTION MARC AND DENYSE GINZBERG, Sotheby's, Paris, 10 Septembre 2007, fig.107, p. 92