Friends who have been away from each other for long and meet again, hug and kiss each other fondly. There is always a feeling of joy and love. The soapstone carving by Mr. Masese captures the spirit of happiness as two friends get together again after sometime.
In traditional Gusii (Kisii) culture from long ago, obosani (friendship) was at the core of unity, compassion, spiritual wellbeing, good health, trade, peace and prosperity. Families relied on support of their friendly neighbors for their security, as enemies feared the collective reaction of communities whose members live in harmony and friendship.