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    Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Wood, brass upholsterer's tacks, wire, camwood powder
    Height: 3 1/8 inches Width: 12 ¾ inches Depth; 5 ½ inches

    The designs on many Kuba prestige objects, of which this box is an example, relate to those found also on the cut-pile raffia textiles for which the Kuba are noted. Here one can see a number of repetitions of the interlaced imbol knot. The half-moon shape seen here was a favored box form. Centered on the top is a relief representation of three small antelope horns. This box bears a close resemblance to one Joseph Cornet illustrates, and about which he says: "The ancient Kuba used red wood powder (twool in their language) to decorate their bodies and to dye raffia cloth, especially for use in mourning costumes. The powder was kept in wooden boxes called ngedi mu ntey" (Joseph Cornet. A Survey of Zairian Art. The Bronson Collection. Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art, 1978, p. 224-225). The present box retains considerable camwood residues inside. At one end of the arced side an old break was indigenously wired back together and sealed with a paste-like material.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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