Ceremonial Libation Cup

Ceremonial Libation Cup


Ceremonial Libation Cup

Tribal African

Republic Of Congo

Central Africa

Kuba People

20th C.

Carved Wood

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.
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