- Label Text
- Kuba prestige cups hold palm wine, a drink served on special occasions. The dense geometric, carved patterns on the cups derive from textile designs and reflect the Kuba aesthetic preference for overall decorative patterning.
- This particular cup was part of a group of objects collected at the royal court village of Mushenge in 1947 by Life magazine photographer Eliot Elisofon who was there on assignment to photograph the Kuba king.
- Wood flaring cylindrical cup with side handle, overall cut out geometric surface decorations, and incised interlacing band aroud the lip of the cup.
- Eliot Elisofon, New York, collected in Mushenge, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1947 to 1973
- Exhibition History
- Celebration: A World of Art and Ritual, Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C., March 17, 1982-July 10, 1983
- Published References
- Smithsonian Institution. Office of Folklife Programs and Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art. 1982. Celebration: A World of Art and Ritual. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, p. 84, no. 75 (not illustrated).
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Kuba artist
- Mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Bequest of Eliot Elisofon
- H x W x D: 15.9 x 13.7 x 14.9 cm (6 1/4 x 5 3/8 x 5 7/8 in.)