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Ceremonial Pipe Hemba (N° 18064)

Sculpted anthropomorphic pipe depicting a male ancestor. Here the abdomen named difu, or 'lineage segment', forms the opening of the object. The majestic head bears carefully chiseled features. The headdress, behind the traditional headband, is gathered in multiple buns. Above, the piece flares into annelures.
Satina. Desication cracks.
The Hemba settled in southeastern Zaire. Once under the rule of the Luba, these farmers and hunters worship ancestors with effigies long attributed to the Luba.The statues singiti were preserved by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Parallel to the authority of the hereditary chiefs, secret societies, male such as the bukazanzi , and female, the bukibilo , played a large role within the clan.
(Source: Treasures of Africa, Tervuren Museum)  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyHemba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height31
Width7
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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