Masculine worship figurine - Kusu - D.R. Congo

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Masculine worship figurine - Kusu - D.R. Congo
2nd half of the 20th century - Private P. Vandenbergh collection

Provenance: private P. Vandenbergh collection, Belgium.
Dating : Circa 1960.
Size: 30 x 8 cm.
Material: wood.

The Kusu, who live on the left bank of the Lualaba River, were strongly influenced by their neighbours.

They borrowed the standing figurines from the Hemba and the Luba, related to the cult of the ancestors.

The Hemba also inspired the Kabeja type model of figurines with two opposite faces, with their magic loads ‘carried’ on top of the head.

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