Palm wine cup

Cylindrical, wood carved cup with geometric motifs and linear, interlocking surface designs that cover the entire surface of the object.
Artist Unknown, African, Kuba Peoples Democratic Republic of the Congo
c. 1940
In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, palm wine cups carved elaborately from wood were high prestige objects, and were commissioned or purchased by individuals who could readily afford them. Such cups were public displays of personal success and accomplishment. This cylindrical cup features the Kuba aesthetic preference for geometric motifs and linear, interlocking surface designs that cover the entire surface of the object.
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1983/1.372
Wednesday, August 5, 2020