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Figure of ancestor Kusu (N° 17330)
The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba, have borrowed the artistic traditions of Luba and Hemba, including the cult of ancestors and mythical heroes, and possess a caste system similar to that of Luba . In this region, between the Bembe, Boyo, Hemba, Songye and Tetela, ritual objects were subjected to exchanges and stylistic influences. The narrowness of the bust is mainly noted on the figures of ancestors to free the space of the arms among the major characteristics. The primordial ancestor, named Soba , would be incarnated in the sculpted figures of the Kusu. Their initiation society, the bagabo , also uses protective fetishes against witchcraft.
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|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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