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From our 35+ Year Collection of African Artifacts, we Offer This:
SCARCE and UNCOMMON, AUTHENTIC, VINTAGE / ANTIQUE, AFRICAN, CONGO, KUBA, HAND-CARVED, ‘CRESCENT SHAPED’, WOODEN ‘TUKULA’ (Red Powder Paint). BOX / TREASURE BOX / ‘KEEPER’ SAFE ~ Enhanced with Red Powder Paint ~ Ornately Hand-Carved with Various Designs Incised throughout on Top, Front, Back, and Sides ~ Measuring 12-5/8 inches x 3-5/8 inches x 2-1/2 inches ~ mx-03 ~ ITEM # eth-225 ~ ($65.95) ~
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These Vintage / Antique African Hand-Carved and Incised Wood Boxes were made by the Kuba people of the Congo. There original purpose was for containing and storing the valuable ‘Tukula’ (Powder Paint).
Tukula was a highly valuable, bright red pigment that was obtained by mortar grinding pieces of heartwood from two African trees (1) Camwood and African Padauk into a fine Powder. Being highly valued, it is said that for centuries this red powder was so expensive that it was compared in value to gold of the Western World. Mixed with palm oil to create a paste, it was applied to face and body for ceremonies… for dances, for war, and other sacred events including funerals. It was also applied to various hand-carved wooden Items such as Ceremonial Mask, Sculptures, Fertility Items, and other Sacred Objects. If You notice our Selection of African Mask, you will see many of the Mask that were painted in part with Tukula.
The Kubas and other Indigenous People used these Beautiful, Intricately Hand-Carved and Incised Wooden Boxes for storing their personal valuables and keepsakes… such as jewelry, money / coins, beads, precious crop seed, and other Kuba prestige items and treasures… after the Tukula (Powder Paint), had been emptied from use.
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This Item shows some wear commensurate with age and use, yet remaining in Nice Displayable Condition overall… and Will make an Excellent Addition for Your Collection, Display or a Fantastic Gift!!!
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This Item will be Professionally Wrapped, Padded and Packaged with 40 Years of Shipping Experience – Fully Insured – with Tracking Number.
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