This Kuba statue is a beautifully hand-carved modern depiction of either a warrior or medicine man. He is sitting with his legs crossed and is holding a bowl. The statue measures 18 inches tall and weighs 11 pounds. The bowl has broken and there is some cracking on the arms. Please inspect photos.
Modern Kuba Hand Carved Statue 18″ – DRC – African Art
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Cup is broken and there are cracks in the arm. Wear and tear throughout.
About the Kuba People
“During the 16th century, the Kuba migrated from the north and settled between the Sankuru and Kasai Rivers. Today, they number 250,000 and are subdivided into a number of tribes – the Bushoong, the Ngeende, the Kete, the Lele, the Binji, The Dengese, the Mbuun and the wongo. Each clan pays tribute to the Nyim, the king of the Bushoong ruling clan, but their internal affairs are dealt with autonomously. The Bushoong king and his court lived in a closed palace, known as the Mushenge. The king was responsible for the wealth and fecundity of his people.
Each clan within the Kuba kingdom produced artistic objects with specific characteristics, but there are common stylistic features, including predilection for incised geometric decoration. Cups, zoomorphic divination instruments and boxes were produced throughout the realm.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.