Palm Wine Cup (Mbwoongntey)
For centuries, among the Kuba, indications of personal status have been an important element in crafted objects. Even ordinary utilitarian items such as drinking cups for palm wine may indicate wealth and status through elegant carvings and decorations. Frequently, cups intended for use by rulers are carved in the form human head with a distinctive hairstyle associated only with royalty. Far more rare are cups carved with full figures.
- Culture: Kuba
- Medium: Wood, copper alloy
- Place Made: Lulua or Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dates: 19th century
- Dimensions: 8 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (20.3 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is on view in South Gallery, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 22.172
- Credit Line: Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Kuba. Palm Wine Cup (Mbwoongntey), 19th century. Wood, copper alloy, 8 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (20.3 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.172. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Barrel-shaped wooden goblet with pedestal. Object incised with angular snake symbols on a crosshatched background. Base has bands of zigzags and diamond shapes. Patina is dark brown. Condition: good, except for a long vertical crack in the body that has been repaired with three metal clamps.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)