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Statue Kusu Hemba (N° 16422)

The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba have indeed borrowed the artistic traditions of the luba and Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of the Luba .  The Hemba settled in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba River. Formerly under the rule of the Luba , these farmers and hunters practice the worship of ancestors through effigies long attributed to the Luba.The statues singiti were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Alongside the authority of hereditary chiefs, secret, male societies such as bukazanzi , and women, bukibilo , played a big role within the clan.
This statue has obviously been subjected to various ritual libations. Mate patina, residual red ochre inlays. Abrasions, gaps and cracks.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyKusu
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height38
Width15
Weight1.80 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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