Kusu Hemba figure
This kabeja statue has acquired, as ritual manipulations, a superb patina with multiple layers.
Kabeja statues are formidable objects often kept away from children and women, he presides over the offerings and libatons when justice is done, or when the intercession of the ancestor is invoked. In addition, in each family, the kabeja has a very specific medico-religious value linked to fertility: sick child, sterile woman, daughter to marry. It is therefore in a relation to natural hazards and precarities identified or unknown, visible or ambushed, family and household that the kabeja offers its direct and immediate support. The kabeja instrumentalizes, dominates and masters the imponderable.
- Presumed dating
- Circa 1930
- 41 x 11 cm
- Ethnic group
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Tribal art collection Belgium
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