ASE'A, BEMBE - Basikasingo Janus Figure
This small "magic" janiform sculpture is an amulet
We can see a similar object in "100 peoples...", (pages 10 and 11, n ° 14)
And also in "Statuary from the Pre Bembe hunters" (pages 45 and 46)
Who are the Basikasingo?
The Basinkasingo live in eastern Congo, north-west of Lake Tanganyka, in the Province of South Kivu, in the Territory of Fizi, and more precisely in the Sector of Lulenge.
They are named Pre-Bembe by some specialists like D. Biebuyck or considered as a Boyo (or Buyu) lineage by others (Nicolas de Kun, 1979)
Like the Hemba, (and the Boyo), their ancestor effigies are famous