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Statuette Hemba
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Tribal ancestor sculpture, intermediate between men and gods, endowed with an oversized head and figured in an assured attitude. The shaved skull is bounded by a frontal tiara composed of a succession of bars. The face is decorated with a beard, associated with the wisdom and experience of the grandfather. Usually made in iroko, these ritual sculptures were revered by a particular clan and stored in funeral premises in the chief's house. Oiled dark brown patina, locally abraded. Damaged base.
The Hemba, established in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba, have long been subject to the luba neighbour who had a definite influence on their culture, religion and art. The cult of ancestors, whose effigies have long been attributed to the Luba, is central to the society ...


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Ancestor figure Hemba Singiti
African art > African Statues > Statuette hemba

This small protective figure Hemba, whose characteristics were once attributed to the Luba, embodies an ancestor. Created in order to communicate with the guardian spirits, this sculpture was part of the U-002mvidye", intermediaries between the spiritual world and individuals, which can also embody the spirits of nature in the Luba of Kasai.The leaders of Hemba clan had several statues of ancestors that they worshipped and to which they dedicated offerings in order to astound their legitimacy. This character adopts the classical position, hands valuing a protruding abdomen, symbol of lineage. It also features the sophisticated headdress, hollowed out in the shape of a cross. Dark brown part whose protrusions are abraded by use. Satin surface.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a ...


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Ceremonial Pipe Hemba
African art > Usual african items > Pipe Hemba

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 ...


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Hemba Mask
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African art > African mask > Hemba Mask

The Hemba are a subgroup of the Luba ethnic group living in southeastern Dr. Congo, east of the Lualaba River, best known for their statuary representing chiefs. The pieces called soko mutu , suku muntu , (from Swahili," man's brother", and KiHemba, ibombo ya soho : "face de singe") belonged to the cult of ancestors and existed in two forms: on the one hand large masks used in ritual dances, and on the other hand, small masks or statuettes used as gifts, were hung in the boxes as protective amulets. These masks have recently been renamed mwisi gwa so'o , which expresses a concept that it is a chimpanzee spirit that would be embodied in the mask.
Stylized version of the simiesque mask, this sculpture is characterized by its powerful formal contrasts, the pointed forehead under which ...


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Soko mutu Hemba Mask
African art > African mask > Hemba Mask

The spirit of a primate would be embodied in this hemba mask split with a wide rictus. The prominent forehead houses long eyelids, wrinkled by the grimace. A long nose extends vertically. Mate surface, rough, residual ochre deposits.
Only two types of Hemba masks have been identified: that of an anthropomorphic type with regular features, whose pointed chin recalls statuary, and those depicting monkeys, the soko mutu, and whose functions remain little known, but which probably belonged, according to J.Kerchache, to the secret societies bugabo and bdambudye . The smallest copies (about 20 centimetres) are said to have been carried by hand during rituals intended for the protection of the home and fertility. In addition to the kabeja janiform statuettes, the statues of male ancestors, ...


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Ancestor statue Hemba Singiti
African art > African Statues > Statue Hemba

Sporting an angular profile, this figure of ancestor, intermediate between men and gods, is characterized by the serenity of its appearance, its broad head, and its position expressing a certain assurance camped on reduced legs, massive, including the oversized feet rest on a pedestal. A tiara engraved with alternating parallel lines delimits the shaved skull. The traditional sophisticated hairstyle, oiled and sprayed with red powder, then mounted on a raffia base, was arranged at the back as a cruciform element. The face is decorated with a crenellated V-beard, evoking the wisdom and experience of the forefather. Usually made in iroko, these ritual sculptures were venerated by a particular clan and stored in burial rooms in the chief's house. Oiled and velvety brown patina, locally ...


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Hemba Jet Knife
African art > Usual african items > Weapon Hemba

The handle of this dignitary's knife, carved in round-bump, shows an singiti whose features appear very finely engraved. The face is highlighted with a frontal diadel and a lightly raised skinned beard collar. The singiti refer to local chiefs, the founders of royal lineages, or warlords. Gold brown semi-satin patina.
The Hemba, established in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba, have long been subject to the luba neighbour who had a definite influence on their culture, religion and art. The cult of ancestors, whose effigies have long been attributed to the Luba, is central to the society hemba. 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 ...


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Soko Mutu Hemba Mask
African art > African mask > Hemba Mask

This African mask embodies the spirit of a primate. Beneath the eyebrow arches between which a long nose points, the grimace in a bulging chin squints the eyelids in coffee bean. Abrasions revealing remnants of a polychrome pastillage. Break under the chin.
Only two types of Hemba masks have been identified: that of an anthropomorphic type with regular features, whose pointed chin recalls statuary, and those depicting monkeys, the soko mutu , and whose functions remain little known, but which probably belonged, according to J.Kerchache, to the secret societies bugabo and bambudye . The smallest copies (about 20 centimetres) are said to have been carried by hand during rituals intended for the protection of the home and fertility. In addition to the janiform statuettes kabeja, the ...


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Ancestor figure Singiti Hemba/Luba
African art > African Statues > Statuette Hemba

This statue of African art personifies a male ancestor. Carried by large feet established on a circular base, it is represented frontally in an assured attitude. The apparent sex marks the value of lineage and the hands are classically positioned on either side of the protruding abdomen named difu, or 'lineage segment'. ...


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Fetish Luba Hemba Soko muntu
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The pieces named soko mutu , suku muntu , (from Swahili, man brother, and KiHemba, ibombo ya soho : 'monkey face') belonged to the cult of ancestors and existed in two forms: on the one hand large masks used during ritual dances, and on the other hand, small masks or statuettes used as gifts, were hung in the boxes as protective amulets. These masks have recently been renamed mwisi gwa so'o , which expresses a concept that it is a chimpanzee spirit that would be incarnated in the mask. This protective statuette is provided for ritual purposes with an orifice at the top of the head.

Satin dark brown, abraded areas of light brown golden color.
Mastering sculpture with talent, the Hemba have mostly produced statues of ancestors singiti, embodying chiefs, local ...

Statue Hemba Singiti
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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". ...


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Ancestor statue Singiti Hemba Niembo
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Ex-French African art collection.
A profile with sharp angles, this figure of ancestor, intermediate between men and gods, stands out for its alt-like attitude and its camped position showing calm and stability. The shaved head is bounded by a frontal tiara consisting of a succession of bars. A sophisticated headdress ends at the back of the head in a cruciform element. The face is decorated with a crenellated V-beard, evoking the wisdom and experience of the forefather. . Usually made in iroko, these ritual sculptures were venerated by a particular clan and stored in burial rooms in the chief's house. Oiled dark brown patina, locally matted. Desication cracks, powdery residues of red ochre bark on the base.
The Hemba, based in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the ...

Hemba Command Stick
African art > Commander stick > Sceptre hEMBA

This scepter has different sculpted sections forming an iconographic language relating to the history of the ancestor or that of his clan, such as the kibangos of the Lubas. The dominant central subject, appearing in a round-bump above the janus head, represents a singiti. Dark brown satin patina. Erosions.
The Hemba, established in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba, have long been subject to the luba neighbour who had a definite influence on their culture, religion and art. The cult of ancestors, whose effigies have long been attributed to the Luba, is central to the society hemba. 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 ...


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Statuette Luba / Hemba
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The ancestor statuary of the Luba Hemba within African tribal art
Chez the Luba located east of the Lualaba River, the woman forms a constant sculpted motif thanks to her major role in politics and spiritual life. Luba ritual specialists use various objects sculpted for the purpose of divination, healing, initiation rites or the fight against witchcraft and litigation. Incarnate deceased parents bakishi or spirits bavidye , Mvidie Intermediate between god and men, this feminine effigy sculpted in harmonious volumes features a head with braids gathered backwards, and cheloid scars in relief on the specific body of the Kongo clans. The latter make it capable of capturing the energies of which those of the deceased kings as dictated by the use. The woman elected then took the title of ...


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Hemba ancestor head
African art > African Statues > Hemba Head

This cephalomorphic sculpture presents the features of the Hemba statuary, half-closed eyes in an ovoid face, frontal tiara composed of alternating bars, sophisticated cruciform headdress. The face has delicately sculpted features highlighted by a raised pattern featuring a thin beard collar. Usually made in iroko, these objects were revered by a particular clan and stored in burial facilities in the chief's house.
Mate dark brown patina. Abrasions, Slit on the nose.
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 privileges and the distribution of land. All aspects of the community are imbued with the ...


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Grelot Hemba / Luba
African art > Usual african items > Grelot Hemba

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.
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 ...


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Masquette Hemba Soko Quality
African art > African mask > Masquette Hemba

The Hemba are a subgroup of the Luba ethnic group living in southeastern Dr. Congo, east of the Lualaba River. They are best known for their statuary representing chiefs. The pieces called soko mutu , suku muntu , (from Swahili," man's brother", and KiHemba, ibombo ya soho : "face de singe") belonged to the cult of ancestors and existed in two forms: on the one hand large masks used in ritual dances, and on the other hand, small masks or statuettes used as gifts, hung in the boxes as protective amulets. These masks have recently been renamed mwisi gwa so'o , which expresses a concept that it is a chimpanzee spirit that would be embodied in the mask. The oblique eyelids are lodged under prolonged notched eyebrows in the center of a long pointed nose. A large toothed rictus follows the ...


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Masquette Hemba Sukumutu
African art > African mask > Hemba Mask

Mastering the sculpture with talent, the Hemba have mainly produced statues of ancestors singiti , embodying leaders, local warriors, or lineage ancestors that they venerate in order to appease mizimus spirits. A wide variety of ritual objects, fetishes, simian masks, gourds, and others of daily use have made their reputation. The pieces called soko mutu , suku muntu , (from Swahili," man's brother", and KiHemba, ibombo ya soho : "face de singe") belonged to the cult of ancestors and existed in two forms: on the one hand large masks used in ritual dances, and on the other hand, small masks or statuettes used as gifts, were hung in the boxes as protective amulets. These masks have recently been renamed mwisi gwa so'o , which expresses a concept that it is a chimpanzee spirit that would be ...


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Fetish Luba / Hemba Kakuji Kabedja
African art > African fetish > Statuette Luba

The anthropomorphic figure of joined busts topped by four faces devoid of features is the powerful fetishes kabeja, also used in the Luba, and in the Kasongo living in contact with the Luba, Hemba and Songye populations, who call them kakuji. The top of the room is pierced with cavities in which a bijimba , a charge composed of magical elements from the natural, human and plant environment, were implanted. The figure has arms folded in front of the bust like the ancestor statues and offers, alternately applied, thick residual inlays of colored clays mixed with palm oil. Each of the clans had a kabeji sculpture for protection and healing. But this type of fetish could also be reserved for individual use.
The Hemba are a subgroup of the Luba ethnic group living in southeastern Dr. ...


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Hemba Spoon
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The Hemba are a subgroup of the Luba ethnic group living in southeastern Zaire, east of the Lualaba River, best known for their statuary representing chiefs. 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. Parallel to the authority of hereditary chiefs, secret, male societies such as the bukazanzi , and women, the bukibilo , played a big role within the clan.
(Source: "Treasures of Africa, Museum of Tervuren)Etablie on the spoon, this effigy of ancestor, soberly represented, adopts the classical attitude, hands positioned near the abdomen, legs semi-flexed on broad feet. The ovoid ...


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