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Hemba Sceptre (N° 23062)

Hemba African art.
Like the kibangos of the Luba, this command staff, a prestigious object, refers to the history of the ancestor or that of his clan. The sculpted motif forming the pommel, extended by a ringed neck, represents a singiti ancestor. Dark brown satin patina. Desication erosions and cracks.
The Hemba, established in the south-east of Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba, were for a long time subjected to the neighboring Luba empire, which had on their culture, their religion and their art a certain influence. Ancestor worship, whose effigies have long been attributed to the Luba, is central to Hemba society. Genealogy is indeed the guarantor of privileges and the distribution of land. All aspects of the community are imbued with the authority of the ancestors. Thus, these are considered to have an influence on justice, medicine, law and sacrifices. The singiti statues were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. (Source: "Treasures of Africa, Tervuren Museum; "Black African Tribal Art" J.B. Bacquart; "Congo River", F.Neyt)  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyHemba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm57
Width5 cm
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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