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Cup - Wood - Basongolo- Provenance Patric Claes - Lulua-Luntu - Congo DRC

Cup - Wood - Basongolo- Provenance Patric Claes - Lulua-Luntu - Congo DRC

A Palm Wine Cup

H= 30 cm no stand .

CONDITION: Honey patina wood, a little hole in the leg, otherwise perfect condition.

This anthropomorphic palm wine cup is decorated with rhythmic geometric patterns that decorate all sorts of ritual objects, masks, textiles and these highly collectible ceremonial cups. The Lulua, Luntu, and Kuba people have been described as a people who cannot bear to leave a surface unadorned. It stems from a tradition that associates elaborate ornamentation with high status and prestige.

The details adorning the cups reflected the owner’s wealth, status and influence within the kingdom. Mbwoongntey designs are at times lively and spontaneous and at other times systematic and orderly. ..."

The figure on this cup is androgeneous, wearing a beard and clearly female sex.

Object Cup
Indigenous object name Basongolo- Provenance Patric Claes
Ethnic group/ culture Lulua-Luntu
Region/ country Congo DRC
Material Wood
Period Mid 20th century
Condition Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand No
Dimensions 20×8×9 cm
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