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Grelot Hemba / Luba (N° 16905)
Ritual object used during divination sessions, consisting of two small, superimposed gourds topped with a female figure. The latter, kneeling, has a hollowed-out gourd in the cup. Seeds have been introduced into the dried fruit, producing a sound when the object is shaken.
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The Hemba have long been subject to the neighbouring Luba empire, which has had a definite influence on their culture, religion and art. The cult of ancestors is central to hemba society. Genealogy is indeed the guarantor of the privileges and distribution of land. All aspects of the community are imbued with the authority of the ancestors. Thus, they are considered to have an influence on justice, medicine, law and sacrifices. Mastering sculpture with talent, the Hemba have mostly produced statues of ancestors singiti, embodying leaders, local warriors, or lineage ancestors that they venerated in order to appease the spirits mizimus. A wide variety of ritual objects, fetishes, simiesque masks, gourds, and others of daily use have made their fame.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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