Detail View: The AMICA Library: Cup

AMICA ID: 
BCM_.75.36.193
AMICA Library Year: 
2003
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Description: 
A cylindrical wood cup with a slight center bulge; round, flat base and round open mouth with a smooth rim; walls completely carved with geometric motifs; top and bottom borders zigzag design followed by top and bottom bands with crosshatched (checkerboard) and small zigzag panels; center walls with five band zigzags on crosshatched (checkerboard) background; tan wood.
Creator Nationality: 
African
Creator Name-CRT: 
Kuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Title: 
Cup
View: 
Full view
Creation Date: 
20th century
Creation Start Date: 
1900
Creation End Date: 
1975
Materials and Techniques: 
Wood
Classification Term: 
Containers
Creation Place: 
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa
Dimensions: 
Height: 7 5/8"; width: 3 7/8"
AMICA Contributor: 
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Owner Location: 
Brooklyn, New York, USA
ID Number: 
75.36.193
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Herbert S. Zim, 1975
Rights: 
Context: 
Decorated Kuba cups are objects of wealth and prestige used for drinking palm wine and water. Cups are personal possessions carved by owner while traveling. Cups may be anthropomorphic with carved heads, possibly portraits, or, as in this example, geometric with interlace, triangular and checkerboard motifs. The geometric motifs are the same as those found on Kuba textiles, basketry and boxes. Other types of cups hold mixtures of tukula powder and oil for anointing the body.
Related Image Identifier Link: 
BCM_.75-36-193.tif