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Titles and status in the elaborate Kuba court structure were signified by prestige objects of handsome form and intricate detail, such as this vessel used for drinking palm wine. The head shown on the cup bears delicate geometric bands and a matched coiffure, the small face is enhanced by a...

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Jos Walschaerts (dealer; d. 1982), Antwerp. August 5, 1992, sold by Marc Leo Felix (dealer), Brussels, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Kuba peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 19th–early 20th century

Object Place

Lower Kasai region, Zaire


22.86 cm (9 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, copper, porcelain


Africa and Oceania