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Stick Hemba (N° 16879)

This scepter, decorated with miniature female and male faces, has different sculpted sections. It is also engraved with Orange motifs. Dark brown satin patina. Very slight cracks.

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 have an influence on justice, medicine, law and sacrifices. The statues singiti were kept by the fumu mwalo and honoured during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Parallel to the authority of the hereditary chiefs, secret societies, such as the bukazanzi, and female, the bukibilo, played a large role within the clan. (Source: "Sors of Africa, Tervuren Museum; "The Tribal Art of Black Africa, 20022 J.B. Bacquart; "Fleuve Congo", F.Neyt )  

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Originex-collection monégasque
EthnyHemba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm43
Width2 cm
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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