Kusu Kabeja figure


In African Kusu art, the original myth is that the first couple gave birth to a monstrous being with multiple arms and legs and two heads, which inspired sculptors to create Janus Kabeja figures, however there are non-janiform versions.

It is an African family protection statue specific to each Luba lineage. This is a female character. The top of the head is hollowed out to insert ingredients of power. The object is formidable, if it must be transported, it will only be contained in a bundle of herbs.

Women and children had to move away from it and the men themselves could not touch this figurine, on pain of unhappiness and therefore only manipulated it with the help of chopsticks.

The Kabeja preside over clan offerings and sacrifices. There are a variety of styles.

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Presumed dating
Circa 1940
23 cm
Ethnic group
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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