Cephalomorphic section - Kuba - Congo DRC

Cephalomorphic section - Kuba - Congo DRC
mid 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

22 x 9 cm.
Former collection Belgium

Founded at the early 17th century in the current Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Kuba Kingdom was a wealthy state with an elaborate system of royal court titles, based on merit.
Since the positions of power within the Kuba royal court were rather assigned than inherited, members of the aristocracy made many efforts to distinguishing themselves from their peers.
Thanks to the knowledge and talent of local craftsmen, they would commission to the sculptors the most prestigious elegant personal accessories which would attest of their prosperity, their personal achievements and their ascendant mobility.

Holders of Kuba titles demonstrated their wealth and generosity by distributing great quantities of palm wine to their friends and associates.
Within the royal court, recipients were essential accessories of great symbolic value.
This cup in richly carved wood combines human and animal shapes to express ideals of refinement and power. Its elegant facial features are well-shaped and symmetrically arranged, whereas the mouth is small and closed, reflection of the belief according to which a well-structured thought must always precede the speech.

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Tags: mask, figurine, sculpture, figure, statuette, wood, art, contemporary, first, primitive, tribal, African, antiquity, artwork, gallery, Picasso, Giacometti, art gallery, African art, cubism.

Lot details
Cephalomorphic section
Region/ country
Congo DRC
Mid 20th century
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
22×9×0 cm
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