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

Ex-collection African art from Monaco.
This Kusu fetish with scowling features responding to the classic canons of the ethnic group, is endowed with arms in a circular arc whose hands join the abdomen. At the top of the skull is perched the magic charge indispensable to the use of the fetish.
Interesting patina. The Kusu, who live 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 Hemba, on the other hand, settled in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba. Formerly under the domination of the Luba, these farmers and hunters practice ancestor worship by means of effigies long attributed to the Luba. The singiti statues were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored ...


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

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 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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Kusu bust 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. 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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