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Ancestor figure Hemba Singiti (N° 14651)

This small protective figure Hemba, whose characteristics were once attributed to the Luba, embodies an ancestor. Created in order to communicate with the guardian spirits, this sculpture was part of the U-002mvidye", intermediaries between the spiritual world and individuals, which can also embody the spirits of nature in the Luba of Kasai.The leaders of Hemba clan had several statues of ancestors that they worshipped and to which they dedicated offerings in order to astound their legitimacy. This character adopts the classical position, hands valuing a protruding abdomen, symbol of lineage. It also features the sophisticated headdress, hollowed out in the shape of a cross. Dark brown part whose protrusions are abraded by use. Satin surface.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa, established in the south-east of the R.D.C., on plains surrounded by streams. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, so the name (Baluba, which means \  

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Originex-collection suisse
EthnyHemba
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height21
Width8
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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