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Kusu fetish
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Kusu fetish

Inspired by Songye fetishes, this sculpted character is equipped with the magic charge introduced into the horn stuck at the top by the tip. The triangular face with stretched features also recalls the Bangubangu style.
Satin patina, brown, encrusted with light pigments.
The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba borrowed the artistic traditions of the Luba and the Hemba and possessed a caste system similar to that of the Luba. The Hemba, for their part, settled in the south-east of Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba. Formerly under Luba rule, these farmers and hunters practice ancestor worship through effigies long attributed to the Luba. The singiti statues were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to ...


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Kusu fetish
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kusu fetish

Individual protection figures such as ours, used by the Hemba and the Kusu, were inspired by Songye fetishes. The magic charge, composed of ingredients of various origins, was inserted at the top of the head where an orifice remains.
Light brown patina, erosions and desication cracks.
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. Along with 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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Kusu statue
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kusu statue

Individual protection figures such as our example, used by the Hemba and Kusu, were inspired by Songye fetishes. The magic charge was inserted into the cavity at the top of the head.
Satin patina, abrasions and cracks. The Kusu settled on the left bank of the Lualaba borrowed artistic traditions from the Luba and Hemba and have 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. The statues singiti were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored in ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Alongside the ...


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Kusu mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Kusu mask

On a frame made of basketry, stretched with woven raffia, a miniature mask reproduces the features of the effigies of ancestors. This type of object was attached to the arms of dancers during masked ceremonies. Remnants of seeds and wooden beads remain sewn onto the canvas.

The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba indeed borrowed the artistic traditions of the Luba and the Hemba, whose worship ancestors and mythical heroes, and possess a caste system similar to that of the Luba. In this region, between the Bembe, Boyo, Hemba, Songye and Tetela, ritual objects were subject to stylistic exchanges and influences. The primordial ancestor, named Soba, is said to be embodied in the sculpted figures of the Kusu. Their initiatory society, the bagabo, also uses ...


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Kusu bust figure
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The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba have indeed borrowed the artistic traditions of the luba and Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of the Luba .  The Hemba settled in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba River. Formerly under the rule of the Luba , these farmers and hunters practice the worship of ancestors by means of effigies long attributed to the Luba.In this region, between the Bembe, Boyo, Hemba, Songye and Tetela, ritual objects have been subjected to exchanges and stylistic influences. The narrowness of the bust is mainly noted on the figures of ancestors to free the space of the arms among the major characteristics. The statues singiti were kept by the fumu mwalo and honoured during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to ...


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Kusufetish
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Statuette equipped with a receptacle for a ritual charge, and whose characteristics recall the fetishes of the Songye. Golden brown satin patina, cracks and chips.
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 Luba . In this region, between the Bembe, Boyo, Hemba, Songye and Tetela, ritual objects were subject to stylistic exchanges and influences. We note here a similarity with Songye fetishes. 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, masculine such as the bukazanzi, and feminine, the bukibilo, played a major role ...


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Kusu ancestor figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kusu statue

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 ...


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Fetish Kusu Hemba
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The Kusu on the left bank of the Lualaba, have borrowed the artistic traditions of Luba and Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of Luba .  The Hemba settled in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba. Once under the rule of the Luba , these farmers and hunters worship ancestors with effigies long attributed to the Luba.The statues singiti were preserved by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Parallel to the authority of the hereditary chiefs, secret societies, male such as the bukazanzi , and female, the bukibilo , played a large role within the clan. Individual protective figures such as our copy, used by the Hemba and Kusu, were inspired by songye fetishes. The magic charge, composed of ingredients of various ...


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Kusu fetish statuette
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The figures of individual protection such as our copy, used by the Hemba and the Kusu, were inspired by songye fetishes. The magical charge, composed of ingredients of various origins, is in this case inserted in the cavity at the top of the head. Satin patina, abrasions and cracks. The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba river borrowed the artistic traditions of the Luba and the Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of the Luba .  The Hemba have settled in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba River. Formerly under the domination of the Luba, these farmers and hunters practice the cult of ancestors by means of effigies long attributed to the Luba. The statues singiti were preserved by the fumu mwalo and honoured in ceremonies during ...


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Kusu / Hemba  figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kusu figure

Unlike the Janiform Kabeja figures, this female statuette of the Lubaisé Kusus, probably linked to fertility rituals, is the incarnation of an ancestor. It was in fact under the Hemba influence in particular that the cult of ancestors was supported by statuary evoking heroes or chiefs, or the mythical ancestor Soba. Greyish black patina, slightly satin-like.
Damaged base.


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Kusu ancestor figure
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Kusu

The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba have indeed borrowed the artistic traditions of the luba and Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of the Luba .  The Hemba settled in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba River. Formerly under the rule of the Luba , these farmers and hunters practice the worship of ancestors by means of effigies long attributed to the Luba.In this region, between the Bembe, Boyo, Hemba, Songye and Tetela, ritual objects have been subjected to exchanges and stylistic influences. Here we note a similarity with the songye fetishes. The statues singiti were kept by the fumu mwalo and honoured during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Alongside the authority of hereditary chiefs, secret, male societies such as ...


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Figure of ancestor Kusu
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kusu Statue

The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba, have borrowed the artistic traditions of Luba and Hemba, including the cult of ancestors and mythical heroes, and possess a caste system similar to that of Luba .  In this region, between the Bembe, Boyo, Hemba, Songye and Tetela, ritual objects were subjected to exchanges and stylistic influences. The narrowness of the bust is mainly noted on the figures of ancestors to free the space of the arms among the major characteristics. The primordial ancestor, named Soba , would be incarnated in the sculpted figures of the Kusu. Their initiation society, the bagabo , also uses protective fetishes against witchcraft.
The character's braided hair, worn low on the nape of the neck, is picked up in a bun. The triangular face is adorned ...


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Statue Kusu Hemba
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Kusu

The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba have indeed borrowed the artistic traditions of the luba and Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of the Luba .  The Hemba settled in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba River. Formerly under the rule of the Luba , these farmers and hunters practice the worship of ancestors through effigies long attributed to the Luba.The statues singiti were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Alongside the authority of hereditary chiefs, secret, male societies such as bukazanzi , and women, bukibilo , played a big role within the clan.
This statue has obviously been subjected to various ritual libations. Mate patina, residual red ochre inlays. Abrasions, ...


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Figure of ancestor Kusu
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statuette Kusu

The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba, have borrowed the artistic traditions of Luba and Hemba, including the cult of ancestors and mythical heroes, and possess a caste system similar to that of Luba .  In this region, between the Bembe, Boyo, Hemba, Songye and Tetela, ritual objects were subjected to exchanges and stylistic influences. The narrowness of the bust is mainly noted on the figures of ancestors to free the space of the arms among the major characteristics. The primordial ancestor, named Soba , would be incarnated in the sculpted figures of the Kusu. Their initiation society, the bagabo , also uses protective fetishes against witchcraft.
, brown ipatine. Residual kaolin inlays.


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