African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Bassikassingo fetish
Ex-collection German African art.
The influence of migratory movements in African art.
Geometrical structure for an unusual morphology. Triangular volumes are intertwined to represent a head and a bust, the arms being absent. This succession of angles is supported by half-bent legs. The face is bordered by a narrow crenellation representing the beard, specificity of the Bassikassingo statuary embodying ancestors. Glossy patina.
Migratory flows have mixed within the same territories Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu. The Bassikassingo, considered by some as a sub-clan of the Buyu, are not of Bembe origin although they live on their territory, as Biebuyck's work has made it possible to trace their history. Organized in lineages, they borrowed the ...