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.
- 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