Horn

A work made of wood, copper alloy, and iron.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood, copper alloy, and iron.

Date:

Mid–/late 19th century

Artist:

Kuba
Kasai region, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

About this artwork

Since the founding of the Kuba kingdom in the 17th century, a wide variety of regalia has been created to delineate its complex hierarchy. Among the objects that designate the status of a Kuba warrior are headdresses, staffs, swords, cups, and drinking horns. This drinking horn is sculpted to look like a buffalo horn, a symbol of the powerful, untamed wilderness. Bits of copper accentuate its raised designs, which include a crocodile, a hand, and geometric patterns. The decorative iron attachment allowed the horn to be suspended from a belt.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Kuba

Title

Horn

Origin

Democratic Republic of Congo

Date

1850–1899

Medium

Wood, copper alloy, and iron

Dimensions

39.4 × 44.5 × 11.4 cm (15 1/2 × 17 1/2 × 4 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of George F. Harding

Reference Number

1928.173

Extended information about this artwork

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