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|Kusu, Democratic Republic of Congo|
The Kusu are a diverse and widely scattered people living in eastern D.R. Congo, not far to the west of Lake Tanganyika. Their neighbors to the east are the Hemba, to the south the Songye, and to the northeast the Lega. During numerous migrations they have come into contact with many peoples, including the Luba and Hemba, from whom they borrowed cultural patterns. Among the sculptural forms they have acquired are the large ancestor figures from the Hemba, chiefs stools from the Luba and Hemba, multi-faced healing figures from the Luba and Hemba, and power figures from the Songye. While charged power figures, Kakudji, which are most closely related, both in aesthetic and function, to the Songye's Nkishi power figures, the Kusu carved and used a variety of other figures and functional objects. Figures of diminutive size, much like this wonderfully sculptural example, were instruments used to bring good fortune, protect, heal, tell the future, and counteract evil. Typically, the wood used by the Kusu is a very dense hardwood; a polished, glossy patina, as one sees in this example, is somewhat indicative of age for such wood. (Ref: Phillips, "Africa: The Art of a Continent"; Roy, "Kilengi"; Visona, "A History of Art In Africa"). As a group, the Kusu are smaller than both the Luba and the Songye, to whom their sculpture is related, and they are less prolific carvers as well. Despite this relative scarcity of Kusu sculpture, pieces are still represented in important collections and museums worldwide, albeit less frequently than Luba and Songye sculpture, which is represented in practically every important African collection worldwide.This figure, as the photos convey, has a well-sculpted form, with a sweetness to the face that belies what was likely an extremely powerful function. It is likely that due to the age of the piece the bottom of the figure wore away after exposure to insects or placement on a shrine that eventually ate away at the organic nature of the wood.
|Lot ID: 34|
|Low Estimate: $1,500|
|High Estimate: $3,800|
|Next Bid: $750|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), pigment, stain, oils, hide, encrustation from shrine applications|
|Dimensions: 5" (12.7 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|La Gamma, A. “Art and Oracle, African Art and Rituals of Divination”, Metropolitan Museum of Art Press|
|Provenance: Ex. Private Collection Al Farrow, US, (renowned American artist/sculptor, work featured 2008 and 2009 at Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco, in “In the Name of God: War, Religion, and the Reliquaries of Al Farrow”, and multiple museum shows)|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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