African art > Spoons, ladles > Spatula Hemba

Spatula Hemba (N° 23428)

Carved with singiti hemba ancestor motifs by the bwana mutombo, the handle of this prestigious spoon extends into a flat bowl. Semi-satin medium brown patina, small erosions. Height on base: 39 cm.
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. Ancestor worship 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. Mastering sculpture with talent, the Hemba have mainly produced statues of singiti ancestors, embodying chiefs, local warriors, or lineage ancestors whom they venerate in order to appease the spirits mizimus . A wide variety of ritual objects, fetishes, ape masks, calabashes, and other daily use objects have made them famous.  

 


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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyHemba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm34
Width10 cm
Weight0.44 Kg
Socle includedYes

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