Rug, mask and 2 statuettes (4) - Velor de Kasaï - Shoowa-Kuba - DR Congo

Description
Rug, mask and 2 statuettes (4) - Velor de Kasaï - Shoowa-Kuba - DR Congo
2nd half 20th century - Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear

- 1 Shoowa Man's Prestige Cloth made of "Velour de Kasaï" (Kasaï velvet) by Kuba people from Kasai, DR Congo in 1930.

- 2 Fertility statues made of wood

- 1 wooden mask with animal hair.

Provenance: Els Verhey a collector in Amsterdam who had a lot of Tribal and Kuba materials.
Raffia pile cloth (velour du Kasai).
Africa: Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Kuba people
20th century,
Hand woven raffia embroidered with natural and dyed raffia
Early XXth century
Size: 67 cm x 60 cm.

Will be send by registered mail and track & trace. Pick up possible in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Velours du Kasaï (Kasaï velvet) is a kind of textile fabric made in Kasai, a province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaïre). Traditionally, the weaving is done by men of the Shoowa from the Kuba ethnic group, while the embroidery is reserved to women. Ideally, the embroiderers should be pregnant. The fabric is a prestige item traditionally used as ceremonial clothing and for exchange, especially as part of a marriage contract.

Please note: seller guarantees this velvet authenticity.

Lot details
Total nr of items
4
Object
Rug, mask and 2 statuettes
Ethnic group/ culture
Shoowa-Kuba
Region/ country
DR Congo
Material
Velor de Kasaï
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
60×70×0.1 cm
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