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Kusu statue (N° 20518)

Traditional statuette, incarnating a clan ancestor or a mythical hero, evoking the Songye and Hemba sculptures. Particularity of the Kusu, the face is prolonged by a long triangular beard. Slightly grainy, velvety surface. Desiccation crack.
The Kusu settled on the left bank of the Lualaba have indeed borrowed the artistic traditions of the Luba and the Hemba and possess 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. In this region, between the Bembe, Boyo, Hemba, Songye and Tetela, ritual objects have been subject to various influences. The statues singiti were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies in 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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Originex-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm34
Width12 cm
Weight0.95 Kg

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