Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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wooden cup
  • unknown Kuba maker
  • wooden cup, circa 1940
  • Where object was made: Zaire (present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • wood, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Diameter: 13 x 10 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3090
Label Text

The wooden drinking cup has slightly flared sides. It is dark brown and is decorated with allover incised pattern consisting of typically Kuba geometric decoration, resembling a basketweave. There is a band of horizontal lines at the top and bottom.

It was used for drinking ceremonial palm wine.