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Africa | Henna gourd.  Fulbe or Hausa peoples. Nigeria, Kano | Late 20th century | Both Fulbe and Hausa women use henna paste to decorate their hands with geometric designs. After the designs have been applied, a woman inserts her hand into a tubular gourd such as this to protect it until the dye stains her skin. The burned patterns that have been pyro-engraved onto the gourd echo the geometric designs that will soon adorn her body.

Africa | Henna gourd. Fulbe or Hausa peoples. Nigeria, Kano | Late 20th century | Both Fulbe and Hausa women use henna paste to decorate their hands with geometric designs. After the designs have been applied, a woman inserts her hand into a tubular gourd such as this to protect it until the dye stains her skin. The burned patterns that have been pyro-engraved onto the gourd echo the geometric designs that will soon adorn her body.

Africa | Ceremonial palm wine cup from the Kuba people of the Republic of Congo | Wood.  H:  17 cm | ca. 19th century

Democratic Republic of Congo Kuba Peoples Ceremonial Palm Wine Vessel

Kuba artist Place made: Mweka area, Democratic Republic of the Congo Vessel, late 19th–20th century Wood h. 21.2 cm

Kuba artist Place made: Mweka area, Democratic Republic of the Congo Vessel, late century Wood h.

Kuba Cup - Double the pleasure, double the fun.   An excellent - rare prestige example exhibiting great use and age.

Kuba Cup - Double the pleasure, double the fun. An excellent - rare prestige example exhibiting great use and age.

Janiform Mbwoongntey or libation cup from the Kuba people of the Republic of Congo, Central Africa

Janiform Mbwoongntey or libation cup from the Kuba people of the Republic of Congo, Central Africa

, 19th century CE, 20th century CE, Goblet, Kuba People, Wood, Woodcarving, Princeton University Art Museum

, 19th century CE, 20th century CE, Goblet, Kuba People, Wood, Woodcarving, Princeton University Art Museum

Copa Kuba

Provenance: Acquired in 2003 Published: African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection, Refined Eye, Passionate Heart, Skira Online bidding Bid on Invaluable

Copa Kuba

Provenance: Acquired in 2003 Published: African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection, Refined Eye, Passionate Heart, Skira Online bidding Bid on Invaluable

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