Lot: 266

Royal palm wine cup "mbwoong ntey"

D. R. Congo, Kuba Kingdom

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Emile Jadot (collected in situ, around 1890)
Guy Berbé, Brussels, Belgium
Pierre Dartevelle, Brussels, Belgium
H: 8.7 inch 14000 EUR / 20000 EUR

wood, cowry shells, camwood powder, two old collection labels "...mile Jadot 1890" and "Rapporté du Congo par Emile Jadot, de Tour...(vers 1890)" The addition of cowry shells, which were a form of currency before the onset of the colonial period, is a conspicuous sign of the cup owner's prestige and wealth.