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Hemba figure (N° 21155)

This African art statuette, Hemba or Luba Nkisi, personifies a male ancestor, standing on a single leg. Velvety smooth patina, locally chipped. Minimal cracks.

The Hemba settled in southeastern Zaire. Once under Luba rule, these farmers and hunters practice ancestor worship through effigies long attributed to the Luba. The statues singiti were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Alongside the authority of the hereditary chiefs, secret societies, male such as the bukazanzi , and female, the bukibilo ,played a great role within the clan.

(Source: "Treasures of Africa, Museum of Tervuren)  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm25
Width8 cm
Weight0.20 Kg

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