Kuba Head Vessel, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lot 209
Kuba Head Vessel, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sold for US$ 3,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Kuba Head Vessel, Democratic Republic of the Congo
height 5 1/2in (14cm)
Wood

Provenance:
Eugene Laermans, Belgium
Marc Felix, Brussels
Sotheby's, New York, May 6, 1998, lot 338
Private Collection, Michigan

"Kuba art consists mostly of such useful objects as cups for drinking palm wine, boxes for storing cosmetics and valuables, pipes, and spoons--all of which are elaborated beyond mere function by their sophisticated forms and lavish decoration. Except for portraits of kings, figural sculpture is rare; instead, cups are made in human form, frequently bearing the ornate hairstyles and shaved hairlines worn by titled Kuba officials." (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
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