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

Drinking horns and cups are among the many insignia that have denoted status in the highly hierarchical Kuba society since the kingdom’s foundation in the 17th century. This wooden sculpture—decorated with raised geometric and figural designs—imitates the horn of a buffalo, an animal that stands for the powerful, untamed wilderness and is therefore associated with both rulers and warriors.

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Artist

Kuba

Title

Horn

Origin

Democratic Republic of the 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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