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Hemba Statue (N° 27238)

This sculpture of African art of Hemba inspiration presents the canons in use resulting in a specific morphology. The subject displays the attributes of the clan leader.

Minor gaps and cracks.
The Hemba, established in the south-east of Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba, have long been subject to the neighboring Luba empire. The cult of ancestors, whose effigies have long been attributed to the Luba, is central in Hemba society. All aspects of the community are imbued with the authority of the ancestors. The singiti statues were preserved by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. (Source: “Treasures of Africa, Tervuren Museum; “Tribal Art of Black Africa” J.B. Bacquart; “Congo River”, F.Neyt)  

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OriginEx-collection française FLB
EthnyHemba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm64
Width18 cm
Weight3.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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