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Kusu fetish statuette (N° 19178)

The figures of individual protection such as our copy, used by the Hemba and the Kusu, were inspired by songye fetishes. The magical charge, composed of ingredients of various origins, is in this case inserted in the cavity at the top of the head. Satin patina, abrasions and cracks. The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba river borrowed the artistic traditions of the Luba and the Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of the Luba .  The Hemba have settled in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba River. Formerly under the domination of the Luba, these farmers and hunters practice the cult of ancestors by means of effigies long attributed to the Luba. The statues singiti were preserved by the fumu mwalo and honoured 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 such as the bukibilo, played a great role within the clan.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyKusu
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, textile
Height40
Width10
Weight1.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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