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Hemba Calabash (N° 22552)

These sculptures bankishi (sing. nkishi ) were used within the framework of the bugabo , a society dedicated to hunting, healing and war. A male figure referring to the ancestors springs from a calabash around which is wrapped a cord accessorized with feathers and dried fruit. The object rattles when shaken. Dark patina.
Height with base: 27 cm.

The Hemba have long been subject to the neighboring Luba empire, which has had a certain influence on their culture, their religion and their art. Ancestor worship is central to Hemba society. Mastering sculpture with talent, the Hemba have mainly produced statues of singiti ancestors, embodying chiefs, local warriors, or lineage ancestors whom they venerate in order to appease the spirits mizimus . A wide variety of ritual objects, fetishes, ape masks, calabashes, and other daily use objects have made them famous.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyHemba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm20
Width10 cm
Weight0.21 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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