African Kuba Woman's Ivory Pestle, South Central Zaire
African Kuba Woman's Ivory Pestle, South Central Zaire

African Kuba Woman's Ivory Pestle, South Central Zaire

1800 to 1900 South Central Zaire

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A Fine African Kuba Woman's Ivory Pestle, South Central Zaire
Rich old reddish brown patina
Early 19th Century

Size: 63cm long – 24¾ ins long
Provenance: Ex English Private collection
These ivory pestles, formed from the tusk of an elephant, are used by Kuba women to pound food. The grip is fashioned by decades of use which also produces a fine dark patination. They are handed down from mother to daughter and are highly regarded as status imbued objects that represent the family's success in hunting.
Elephant hunting has lost its economic and nutritional importance to the Kuba, but it is still an activity shrouded in ritual that brings honour and prestige to successful hunters. Talisman are created to increase their chances of success and emblems may be worn by the successful hunter and his family. As well as being emblematic of a powerful ancestral hunter, these pestles are probably also regarded as amuletic.

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