Democratic Republic of Congo
4″ Tall x 5″ Wide (8.9cm T x 11.4cm W)
Jean Pierre Hallet Estate Collection – California, USA.
The Suku people live in the southwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Numerous well-carved Suku divination cups are found in a shape based on a particular gourd sliced in half. This results in two oval mouths with a small bridge in between, incised decorations appear on both sides. The Suku divination cup would have been passed down in a matrilinear succession and generations of use resulted in the shiny old patinas that are the characteristic.