|Type of Object||Artifact|
|Country of Origin||Democratic Republic of the 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.|
|Damage/Repair||Cracks, chips and general wear; see pictures for details|
A well-carved Kuba cup in the form of a human head.
The Kuba people, who are located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have a long history of creating intricate and unique figurative carvings as a form of African art. These carvings often depict human or animal forms and are created using a variety of materials, including wood and bone.
One of the most striking examples of Kuba figurative carving is the Kuba cup. These cups are carved from a single piece of wood and feature intricate designs and patterns that are both decorative and functional. The cups are often used for drinking palm wine or other beverages during special ceremonies and occasions.
Kuba cups are characterized by their elaborate figural carvings. The carvings are often highly detailed, with individual facial features, clothing, and accessories clearly depicted.
One unique feature of Kuba cups is the use of geometric designs and patterns. These designs are often carved into the surface of the cup and are used to complement the figural carvings. The patterns are typically made up of repeating geometric shapes, such as triangles, circles, or squares, and are often highly symmetrical.
Kuba cups are highly valued by collectors and are considered to be an important part of African art history. They are prized for their intricate carvings, unique designs, and cultural significance. Today, Kuba cups can be found in museums and private collections around the world, serving as a testament to the skill and artistry of the Kuba people.