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Kusu Staff (N° 23262)

This prestigious staff, among the regalia of chiefs, has different sculpted sections forming an iconographic language relating to the history of the ancestor or that of his clan, such as the kibangos of the Lubas. Strings of pearls are wrapped around the central part, imprisoned in a clay mixture. Orange-brown satin patina. Losses and desication cracks.
The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba have borrowed the artistic traditions of the Luba and the Hemba and have a caste system similar to that Luba . The Kasongos form a Kusu sub-group, now scattered among the Luba, Songye and Hemba. The singiti statues were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Alongside the authority of the hereditary chiefs, secret societies, masculine such as the bukazanzi, and feminine, the bukibilo, played a major role within the clan.
Ref. : "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm58
Width8 cm
Weight1.32 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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