Statue(s) (1) - Wood - fetish - KUSU - DR Congo

Description
Statue(s) (1) - Wood - fetish - KUSU - DR Congo
1st half 20th century - Excellent

Ex. private collection - Menen - Belgium,
1st half of 20th century
Size: 40x12x12cm
Weight: 2.3kg (with stand)

Rare fetish statue made of hard wood, beautiful patina from the Kusu ethnic group in DR Congo.

This beautiful Kusu fetish has a kind of cavity at the top of the head serving as a receptacle for ointments or "magic" materials. (see photo)

The history of the Kusu is shared with that of the Nkutshu and Tetela tribes, all of whom came from the northwest of their present location in the Congo. They moved through the territories of Luba, Songye and Hemba, and acquired social customs and learning styles along the way.

Much of the Kusu culture is therefore comparable to that of their neighbors. We find Luba-style chief's chairs, and figures of ancestors influenced by Hemba culture. The Hemba also provided the model of the Kabeja type Janiform statuettes and their magic charges "carried" on the head.



Primitive arts and African masks

Private collection

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Statue(s)
Indigenous object name
fetish
Ethnic group/ culture
KUSU
Region/ country
DR Congo
Material
Wood
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
Excellent
Sold with stand
Yes
Dimensions
40×12×12 cm
Weight
2.3 kg
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