Kuba Box – Half Moon


Kuba lidded box, for tukulu (red camwood and oil) a traditional body cosmetic – Democratic Republic of the Congo.

44cm x 18cm x 4cm

1 in stock


Kuba lidded boxes, intricately carved, were used to hold tukula, red camwood, mixed with oil and applied to the body as a cosmetic. Crescent shape is typical of most Kuba cosmetic boxes.

Held in a private collection, obtained in 1991 and at least 30 years old.  In good condition with a beautiful patina and only minor damage at the pointed ends of the lid.  Slight red hue on the inside indicates it has most likely been used for its intended purpose.

Additional information

Dimensions 48 × 22 × 10 cm


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