Beautiful Kuba trinket/knife box, rectangular with carved geometric decoration and dome handle in the centre of the cover.
Origin: Kuba Kingdom DRC
Approx Age: Mid 20th Century
Dimensions cm: 26.5 (long) x 8 (wide)
Ref. Number: 1399
This Kuba box is rectangular in shape with a lovely geometric pattern/design which is so typical of the Kuba. Most probably carved for a ceremonial knife or possibly for trinkets/jewellery. The lid also displays a matching design. A dome shape, that is studded, to the centre of the lid adds both charm and character to this box. There are remnants of cam powder together with holes where once a fastening would have held the box shut. Plenty of signs of being a well-used and cherished item of Kuba art.
Provenance: Ex-Sotheby’s 1987. Ex-Tom Phillips – London
AHDRC N˚ 0023628-001
The Kuba box such as this is normally this rectangle in shape yet Kuba tukula boxes have a variety of shapes either a small pot or a rectangular or crescent moon. The pots or boxes are often highly decorated with geometric patterns/designs indeed surface decoration that covers these vessels and boxes is known as
Photo opposite from the Guy van Rijn archives AHDRC
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