Kuba Mbup Royal Ceremonial Headband
Approx Age: Mid 20th Century
Materials: Glass Beads/Cowrie Shells/Hessian fabric
Dimensions cm: 43 long x 4 wide
Ref. Number: 0372
A beautiful and old Kuba
Kuba (also called Bakuba) people are agriculturalist and a cluster of Bushong-speaking ethnic groups of the larger Bantu ethnicity living in the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo between the Kasai and Sankuru rivers east of their confluence.
The Kuba are surrounded by other tribes such as the Suku, Yaka, and Pende (Cole, 381). Kuba who are well-known for their advance ritualistic sculptures and masks is composed of eighteen groups located in the southernmost part of the Great Equatorial Forest; which is on the border of the tropical forest and the open Savannah.
Apart from the Bushong speaking principalities, other Kuba people includes the Kete,
When the kingdom of tribes was first brought together, the people were ruled by the Bushong people from the hill country of the central Congo (Caraway); these people have contributed most of the rulers to the Kuba. Whenever a king dies, the capital is moved to the location of the new King (
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