African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statuette Suku

Suku fetish statuette (N° 17440)

This small statuette with an androgynous character has a male face extending with a small beard while a strong chest is associated with fertility. The reduced legs, massive and crenellated, are also one of the characteristics of suku sculptures. The chiefs used fetishes named bwene , bisungu representing the ancestor of the clan. Dark patina, residual clay inlays. Cracks.
The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, very close geographically in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 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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Originex-collection espagnole
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm19
Width6 cm
Weight0.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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