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Hemba head (N° 23173)

This African head singiti Hemba, which was carved by the bwana mutombo, presents the traditional criteria of Hemba statuary . A chiseled frieze emphasizing the face indicates a beard; the lavish hairstyle was further outlined by a tiara. Usually made of iroko, these objects were venerated by a particular clan and stored in burial rooms in the chief's house.
Grainy patina. Erosions and cracks.
Height on base: 35 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. 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. 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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490.00 € 392.00 ( -20.0 %) 
Possibility of payment in2x (2x 196.0 €)

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyHemba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm30
Width13 cm
Weight3.42 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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