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Statuette Kusu (N° 23669)
Very similar to the Hemba sculptures, the kusu statues representing bearded subjects embody chiefs or ancestors and offer a frontal posture, hands on the abdomen. The face, underlined by a fine beard, tilts slightly forward here, the legs widely spread apart rest on massive feet.
Glossy golden brown patina, slight lacks.
The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba have borrowed the artistic traditions of the Luba and the Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of the Luba.
The singiti statues were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored during 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 major role within the clan.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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