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Suku fetish statue (N° 17443)
The Suku chiefs used fetishes called bwene , bisungu representing the ancestor of the clan, such as this sculpture with angular ridges. The character seems to draw the viewer's attention to the long, narrow beard adorning his face, under a spectacular diamond-shaped mouth. Dark patina with reddish reflections revealing the subtle veining of the wood. Cracks.
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The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, very close geographically in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Kwango region, have the same social and political structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Their carved wooden figures, through which they honour their ancestors, and their masks are well known.
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