African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kusu statue
Kusu Hemba statue (N° 19817)
Individual protection figures such as our example, used by the Hemba and Kusu, were inspired by Songye fetishes. The magic charge was inserted into the cavity at the top of the head.
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Satin patina, abrasions and cracks.
The Kusu settled on the left bank of the Lualaba borrowed artistic traditions from the Luba and Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of the Luba.
The Hemba on the other hand have settled in southeastern Zaire on the right bank of the Lualaba River. Once under the domination of the Luba, these farmers and hunters practice ancestor worship by means of effigies long attributed to the Luba.
The statues singiti were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored in ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Alongside the authority of the hereditary chiefs, secret societies, male such as the bukazanzi, and female, the bukibilo,played a great role within the clan.
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