Democratic Republic of CongoMEDIUM:
Wood, Tukula powder residue.DIMENSIONS:
11" Wide (27.9 cm) x 3.3" High (8.4 cm) CONDITION:
Good, two small breaks in the corners. See images.
Private Estate Collection - California, USA.
The Kuba people kept boxes such as these for storing tukula--a reddish powder made from the bark of the Camwood tree. It was used for body and hair coloring and used to ornament the face and chest during dances, as well as to anoint bodies for burial. Boxes as these were also used for rituals objects. Some are in the shape of a mask. Tukula was considered a very expensive cosmetic and was treasured.