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Unformatted text preview: 10.19.06 Kuba Bushoong cultural group majority Nyim (King) Shyaam the greatfounder of current dynasty (1625-- ) of Kuba. Creation myth: king linked to Mbwoom sky god & first man Woot. Story of creationWoot slept with sister, and birthed 1 st child with evils of the world. Each royal king owns basket of knowledge linked to Woots basket of knowledge. Nyim Kot Amgweekye in court: o King is captive by clotheslarge headdress, lots of clothing, animal skins, beads/cowry shells to show wealthladen with everything hes wearing. Not easy to stand at all. o White armlets: contain kings spirit in his bodyvolatile figure, on border btwn human & spirit worldhold his spirit in his body. o Surrounds self w/ commissioned artworkdrums, woven mats, & personal regalia. Much of this will be buried w/ king when dies, each king creates new stuff. Kuba Ndop figure: o Ndops are portraits of rulers, wood, called seated wooden figures often in records. o This one for Shyaam the great o Possibly adopted from Kongo Ntadi figures: Sitting cross-legged, expression is closed, collected & even, eyes are shaped as cowry shell, not gazing at anything in this worldlooking inward, mouth closedlistener, aware, collects info, few words. Holding a sword in L hand & in front of him is a game- Lele [Mancala] b/c he was known as a master of the game, suggests a good decision maker. Head is larger in proportion (1/3). Well- fed, round stomach. Wearing armlets used to contain his spirit. o Scholarly bias toward ndop figuresbias toward groups w/ centralized rule (kingships) b/c could link this w/ European kingships, easier to understand & acceptdrawn to these kingdoms. Kuba also monogamous unlike most kingdoms. Level of civility judged by how dressed the ppl were, & what they wore (raffia cloth meant unconvertedonce a Christian no raffia cloth). [dinkley/Darish] o Used in ceremonies of enthronementtransfer power form 1 king to next when 1 passes away, ndop figure receives spirit after he passes. When next king appointed, new king lays down next to ndop figure to receive spirit from inside figure. o Also used as effigies of existing/past rulers. Kuba Royal Drum: o King commissions drums when he comes to power o Detailed, covered in beads & cowry shells, symbol of wealth & royal dignity o Used to accompany dances/performances Kuba wine cups: o mimic drums (in shape), small, handheld, used to drink palm wine at court. Some figurative, similar to Ndop figures. Metal included to signify high social rank/power of chiefs. Tool material rubbed over face (mix of cam wood & palm oilboth red) Kuba Drinking horn: o Carved, for soldiers/military....
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