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Ancestor figure Hemba/ Luba Singiti (N° 18230)
Sculpted in the style of the famous 'master of Buli' of Hemba ancestry, this male figure Luba or Hemba, whose feet were literally 'gnawed', personifies an ancestor. The hands are arranged on either side of the abdomen named difu, or 'lineage segment'. Velvety dark patina.
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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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