|Type of Object||Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture|
|Country of Origin||Congo|
|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||Crack through front of piece; see photos for more details.|
The Kuba people, also known as the Bakuba, are an ethnic group located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, specifically along the Sankuru River. The Kuba Kingdom, established by the Kuba peoples, reached its peak during the mid-19th century.
The Kuba's migration from the north to their current location took place in the 16th century. Upon their arrival, they encountered the Twa people who were already living in the area. Over time, the Kuba Kingdom absorbed the Twa, although the Twa retained some of their independent cultural characteristics within the larger Kuba society.
While Europeans first reached the region in 1884, the Kuba Kingdom remained relatively isolated and was not as significantly affected by the transatlantic slave trade as many other African peoples in the area. However, the late 19th century saw the Nsapo invasion, which resulted in the fragmentation of the Kuba Kingdom to a large extent.
The Kuba people are renowned for their intricate artistic traditions, including the carving of miniature figures. These figurines often depict various aspects of Kuba life, such as rulers, hunters, musicians, and dancers. The Kuba have a rich cultural heritage, and their artistic expressions continue to be appreciated and studied by people around the world.