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.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Wood, copper alloy, and iron
- 39.4 × 44.5 × 11.4 cm (15 1/2 × 17 1/2 × 4 1/2 in.)
- Gift of George F. Harding