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Fetish Kusu Hemba (N° 17792)

The Kusu on the left bank of the Lualaba, have borrowed the artistic traditions of Luba and Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of Luba .  The Hemba settled in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba. Once under the rule of the Luba , these farmers and hunters worship ancestors with effigies long attributed to the Luba.The statues singiti were preserved by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Parallel to the authority of the hereditary chiefs, secret societies, male such as the bukazanzi , and female, the bukibilo , played a large role within the clan. Individual protective figures such as our copy, used by the Hemba and Kusu, were inspired by songye fetishes. The magic charge, composed of ingredients of various origins, is in this case inserted into the cavity of the head. A civette skin drapes the base of the object.
Patine mate, oiled, cracks.  

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EthnyKusu
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, fourrure animale, textile
Height32
Width9
Weight0.50 Kg
Socle includedYes

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