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Double ritual cut Suku, Kopa (N° 16338)
The ritual consumption of palm wine in an individual cup, Kopa , Koopha , was the prerogative of the lineage officer or the supreme matrilineal leader at certain ceremonies, such as a wedding. It was then passed on to the next generation. This wide cut has signs of use and erosion. It incorporated the treasure of the regale, prestigious objects symbolizing the status and reserved for the chiefdom. Faces carved in relief adorn the outer walls of the object. Similar models named koopha were used by the Yaka (Fig.6 p.17 in "Yaka" ed. 5Continents. ) The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, established in an area between the Kwango and Kwilu rivers in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, identify themselves as common origins and have similar social structures and cultural practices. The presence of the Holo and Kongo among them in some regions was also decisive in its influence on the artistic production of Suku.Ref. In: "The Art of a Continent" ed. Mr. Prestel. (p.256).
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