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Kusu Ancestor Figure Long Beard Stand African Art 37 Inch

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Title Kusu Ancestor Figure Long Beard Stand African Art 37 Inch
Type of Object Carving , ancestor figure
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Kusu
Materials wood
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions 37 inches H. x 12.25 inches W.
Overall Condition Poor. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair large Cracks in head, shoulder, and body, old insect damage in base, chips,and holes

Additional Information:   This standing male figure with a long beard and conical hairstyle comes from the Kusu people who today live on the Savannah in the southeast region of the Democratic of Congo along the Lualaba River.

Broken into a number of chiefdoms, local Kusu styles of carving evolved sharing similarities but differing in details of sculpting and in the use of body marking and showing the strong influence of their Songye and Hemba neighbors in overall style. Rather than a magical figure, this is an ancestor figure. Kusu magical figures would have holes carved in either their abdomen or heads to contain the magic needed to energize the figure. Ancestor figures are simples and don't have attached materials or charges. The different between these two categories are sometimes difficult to establish besides their visual aspects. Ancestor figures were used to commemorate former leaders of lineages and chefs of lands. These figures were placed on family shrines where offering and praises were conducted. The hands placed on the abdomen is a typical male position found among the Hemba and Songye as well as the Kusu. The surface of this figure shows evidence of  use through handling and some age..

 I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.