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Statue Hemba (N° 12876)

This statue of African art Hemba whose characteristics are close to Luba creations, personifies a male ancestor. Camped on short, stocky lower limbs, in an unplaced position, it is shown standing on a circular base. Position of expectation, of power, it emanates a certain force of the character. Witness of lineage, sex is highlighted, hands are classically positioned on either side of the protruding abdomen named difu, or "segment of lignage". The shoulders s wide support a majestic head with carefully sculpted academic features. The headdress worn at the back of the head has a cruciform pattern. The patina is saatin and has residual inlays of repeated libations. Large crack on the base. Wood cracks.
The Hemba settled in southeastern Zaire. Once under the rule of the Luba, these farmers and hunters practice the worship of ancestors through effigies long attributed to the Luba.The statues singiti were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored in ceremonies sacrifices were offered to them. Alongside the authority of hereditary chiefs, secret, male societies such as bukazanzi , and women, bukibilo , played a big role within the clan.
(Source: ", African Treasury, Tervuren Museum)  

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OriginCollection P.Sage
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm54
Width16 cm
Weight2.70 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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