Ceremonial Libation Cup
Republic Of Congo
In the courts of the wealthy Kuba kingdom founded in the early 17th century in present day Democratic Republic of Congo, elaborately crafted drinking vessels held great symbolic value. Distributing large quantities of palm wine was a way of displaying wealth and generosity among titleholders and member of the aristocracy. These wooden libation cups were often carved with human and animals forms that communicated the ideals of refinement and power.