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Suku fetish statue
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African art > African Statues > Fetish Suku

The Suku chiefs used fetishes called bwene , bisungu representing the ancestor of the clan, such as this sculpture with angular ridges. The character seems to draw the viewer's attention to the long, narrow beard adorning his face, under a spectacular diamond-shaped mouth. Dark patina with reddish reflections revealing the subtle veining of the wood. Cracks.
The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, very close geographically in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Kwango region, have the same social and political structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Their carved wooden figures, through which they honour their ancestors, and their masks are well known.


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Suku fetish statuette
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This small statuette with an androgynous character has a male face extending with a small beard while a strong chest is associated with fertility. The reduced legs, massive and crenellated, are also one of the characteristics of suku sculptures. The chiefs used fetishes named bwene , bisungu representing the ancestor of the clan. Dark patina, residual clay inlays. Cracks.
The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, very close geographically in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the same social and political structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Their carved wooden figures, through which they honour their ancestors, and their masks are well known.


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Fertility Fetish Yiteke Yaka/ Suku
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African art > African fetish > Statuette Yaka

Belonging to a lineage, this figure of fertility came into play in case of trangression whose source was revered by a soothsayer named ngaanga ngoombu. It is also through divination that the rules to be followed to get rid of the curse were prescribed. The figure adopts not only yaka features, but also nearby suku who possess comparable fetishes. With the head engulfed in a wide neck, this effigy is depicted with arms plated with a bulging bust, with digitized hands placed on either side of the abdomen. The sexual organs are valued, the thick legs summarily represented. The satin patina, light brown ochre, has abraded areas, and dark remnants of a dotted coloration on the head. Like the songye fetishes, holes have been dug on the arms in order, probably, to move the fetish without having ...


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Suku / Zombo Mask
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African art > African mask > Suku Mask

This mask is associated with circumcision ceremonies. At the top, a figure of cephalophe named tsetsi represents the totem animal of the initiates and symbolizes the agility qualities of the dancer. These masks also sometimes appeared during various rites and were then kept in their owner's house. The matte and grainy patina, visibly old, lets out a very light wood. The Suku ethnic groups in southwestern Zaire, and the Yaka, which are very close geographically, have the same common origins and social structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. The mukanda is the name given to all the rites around the initiation ceremony of young puberty, dedicating the end of childhood and shared by many communities. This youth initiation ...


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Suku Kakungu Mask
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African art > African mask > Suku Kakungu Mask

The great masks of African artThe suku masks kakungu are normally accompanied by a voluminous beard and headdress in raffia. This large face with deformed features terrorized the audience. Heavily eroded wood.

The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups recognize common origins and have the same social structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. The mukanda is the name given to all the rites around the initiation ceremony of young puberty, dedicating the end of childhood and shared by many communities.
The suku kakungu masks are reputed to be among the largest masks in Black Africa. Their exaggerated features, swollen and dying cheeks, massive features and prominent chin were to inspire fear to the spectators. ...


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Suku ritual cup, Kopa
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The ritual consumption of palm wine in an individual cut, Kopa, Koopha, was the prerogative of the lineage leader or the matrilineal supreme leader at ceremonies, such as a wedding. It was then passed on to the next generation. Refined cup whose grip has satin the surface, it integrated into the treasure of regalia, objects of prestige symbolizing the status and reserved for the chieftaincy.
Symbols in the form of summary incisions are engraved between the two spouts. Patina nuanced. Similar models called koopha were used by the Yaka (Fig.6 p.17 in "Yaka" ed 5Continents.) The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, established in a region between the Kwango and Kwilu rivers, in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recognize common origins and have some similar social structures and ...


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