A fine Kuba drinking vessel, 9" tall, used during ritual and celebratory events for the consumption of palm wine. Tribal elders and powerful members of the village show their status by having large and elaborate "cups" carved for them, the best of which come in figural forms. This is an exceptional example of such a vessel. This Janus form vessel is elaborately carved in fine detail, with exquisite faces, figural handles and a rich patina developed with long usage. Zaire, ca. 1950's.