Box with lid to hold tukula, a red powder. Kuba, D. R. Congo.
Kuba women owned boxes to keep cosmetics, needles, beads and other personal possessions.
This is a Kuba box of crescentic form with a stylized human face carved in relief on the lid and surrounded by incised geometric decorations, the sides with similar decoration. This example is old and shows wear and use.
Wood, dark/middle brown patina, sickle-shaped, carved with typical, elaborate Kuba ornaments, remains of red powder inside. L: 27,2 cm; B: 11,5 cm L: 10.77 inch; B: 4.5 inch.
Provenance: Robert van der Heyden, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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