Cup Item Number: Ae101 from the MOA: University of British Columbia


Tall cup with a large bowl, narrowing into a cone-like base, with natural wood, and burned incised designs. The rim is burned black with three horizontal incised lines. Seven equally spaced sets of four vertical incised lines in black separate rectangular sections of natural coloured horizontal incised lines with an incised horizontal line in black around below. The cone has four inverted v-shapes burned in two lines with horizontal lines in each 'v'. The base is slightly hollowed underneath. The cup is roughly carved from a single piece of wood.

History Of Use

Used for drinking palm wine, a cup is one of a man's most personal possessions. Palm wine is a source of shared sociability, libation, and pleasure. A cup would be used over a lifetime for important occasions and ceremonies.

Cultural Context