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Royal Hemba sword and its scabbard (N° 20621)

The carved handle of the sword depicts a forefather singiti whose features appear very finely engraved. The faces are bordered by a frontal diadem and a tenuous beard collar in slight relief. The singiti refer to local chiefs, founders of royal lineages, or warlords. T he sword is engraved with discreet decorative motifs. Very beautiful object with a glossy black-brown patina, kaolin residues. Base on request in addition.
The Hemba, established in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba, were for a long time subject to the neighboring Luba Empire, which had a definite influence on their culture, religion and art. Ancestor worship, whose effigies have long been attributed to the Luba, is central to hemba society. Genealogy is indeed the guarantor of privileges and land distribution. All aspects of the community are permeated by the authority of the ancestors. Thus, they are considered to have influence over justice, medicine, law, and sacrifice. The singiti statues were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored in 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 great role within the clan. (Source: "Trésors d'Afrique, Musée de Tervuren; "L'Art tribal d'Afrique noire" J.B. Bacquart; "Fleuve Congo", F.Neyt )  

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OriginEx-collection P. Malisse
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Weight0.73 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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