Kuba palm wine cup, Democratic Republic of the Congo
5.5" tall
wood, pigment
early 20th century
exhibited at the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show, 2011
ex Fernandez-Leventhall Gallery, NYC
ex Heinz Seeliger Collection, Germany

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A beautiful cup  with a ridged handle and delicately incised geometric designs throughout with a well worn patina.

On various ceremonial occasions, men and women in many parts of Africa consumed a beverage/wine made from
the raffia palm. Men would also drink palm wine in the evenings when they gathered to discuss the affairs of the
community. The carved and elaborately decorated wooden drinking cups often expressed an owner's status within
the community.

For similar examples see:
Sotheby's, New York, 14 November 1995: no. 174
Sotheby's, New York, 10 May 1988: no. 183
Sotheby's, New York, 10 May 1988: n. 182
Sotheby's, New York, 9 May 2006. Lot 75
Christie's, Paris, 11 June 2007. Lot 179
Artcurial, Paris, Art Tribal, 2 July 2003. Lot 92
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