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Hemba Zither (N° 23885)

This musical instrument without its strings is sculpted with heads associated with "singiti" ancestors. The board forming a sound box is very slightly curved. Satin patina of use, abrasions and desication cracks.
The Hemba have long been subject to the neighboring Luba empire, which has had a certain influence on their culture, their religion and their art. Genealogy is the guarantor of privileges and the distribution of land. All aspects of the community are imbued with the authority of the ancestors. They are considered to have an influence on justice, medicine, law and sacrifices. Mastering sculpture with talent, the Hemba have mainly produced statues of ancestors singiti, embodying chiefs, local warriors, or lineage ancestors whom they venerate in order to appease the spirits mizimus .  

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OriginEx-collection belge.
EthnyHemba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm83
Width11 cm
Weight1.86 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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