African art > Reliquaries, statues > Basket reliquary Losso
In African art, we find in several ethnic groups this tendency to create reliquary baskets, so it is not uncommon to find versions sometimes flared as in the Luba and Songye, or more vertical versions like this one.
In the basket are intertwined elements of various materials. Here, an anthropomorphic statuette with a simplistic face and raw patina shares the space with a piece of skull with small horns and other pieces of wood and rope.
The Losso practiced the cult of the ancestors, it was a good omen to honor them in order to attract their benevolence. Losso pieces are extremely rare.