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Hemba Statuette (N° 25509)

Hemba tribal art statuette, carved in accordance with Hemba conventions, to highlight the ancestor's ability to intercede with the gods on behalf of men. Dark matte patina.

Generally made in iroko, this type of African sculpture for ritual use was venerated by a particular clan and stored in funerary premises in the chief's house.
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. Alongside the authority of hereditary chiefs, secret societies, male such as the bukazanzi , and female, the bukibilo, played a major role within the clan.
(Source: “Treasures of Africa, Tervuren Museum; “Tribal Art of Black Africa” J.B. Bacquart; “Congo River”, F.Neyt)  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm26
Width9 cm
Weight0.50 Kg
Socle includedYes

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