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Kuba Wooden Palm Wine Cup - PF.6234b
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 8.625" (21.9cm) high
Collection: African
Medium: Wood

£6,800.00
Location: UAE
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Palm wine, obtained from the raffia palm tree, is the most popular beverage consumed in the areas inhabited by the Kuba tribe. Today, plastic cups or glasses are used for drinking it; however, during the 19th and early 20th centuries, decorated wooden cups were carved by several tribes across the Southern Savanna. The Kuba are specifically known for their figural and cephalomorphic (head-shaped) cups. This vessel is a perfect example of the masterful artistry of the Kuba woodcarvers. The head is emphasized above all else. The facial features are finely polished, specifically the arching brows, almond-shaped eyes, and pursed lips. The well-defined hairline is a typical Kuba coiffure: the hair was pulled back and the hairline was shaved arching across the top of the forehead. The elongated neck serves as a sturdy base while two handles emerge from the back. A face is visible, carved onto the thin handle on the right; we can assume that a similar face would have once adorned the left handle as well, however, it’s surface has eroded from usage and time. A cup such as this was certainly originally carved as a prestigious display piece for titled individuals of the Kuba tribe. Surely the vessel’s inherent beauty and functional durability rival or surpass that of any fine crystal stemware or bejeweled chalice. - (PF.6234b)

 

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