African art > African Reliquary > Basket reliquary Losso
African art, we find in many 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 entangled elements of various materials. Here, an anthropomorphic statuette with a simplistic face and rough patina shares the space with a piece of skull with small horns and other pieces of wood and cordage. The Losso practiced the worship of the ancestors, it was a good omen to honor them in order to attract their benevolence. Losso coins are extremely rare.