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Hemba stick (N° 22077)

Hemba African art.
This prestigious stick 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 anthropomorphic effigies appearing in the round embody a singiti ancestor. Each of the subjects has a magical charge at the top.
Greyish brown satin patina. Desication cracks.
The Hemba, established in the south-east of Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba, were for a long time subjected to the neighboring Luba empire, which had on their culture, their religion and their art a certain influence. Ancestor worship, whose effigies have long been attributed to the Luba, 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 authority of the ancestors. Thus, these are considered to have an influence on justice, medicine, law and sacrifices. The singiti statues were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Alongside the authority of the 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; "Black African Tribal Art" J.B. Bacquart; "Congo River", F.Neyt)  

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OriginCollection Patrick Malisse
EthnyHemba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm77
Width10 cm
Weight1.57 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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