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Female figure Hemba Singiti
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Sculpture evoking a female ancestor whose massive head wears a tiara incised with bars. At the back of the head, the hairstyle is organized in a cruciform element. The body is proportionally compacted, the hands joining the abdomen. Usually made of iroko, these ritual sculptures were venerated by a particular clan and stored in a funerary room in the chief's house. Locally matted patina. Desiccation cracks, missing parts. The Hemba, established in southeastern Zaire on the right bank of the Lualaba, were long 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 ...


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Tabouret guéridon Hemba/ Luba Kihona
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Tribal art > African Chair > Tabouret Hemba

Supporting the circular tray of a seat with her fingers placed in a fan shape, a female figure forms the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts). Carved in the style of the "master of Buli" in the Hemba territory, she has a characteristic face, with large eye sockets and prominent cheekbones. Dark patina with orange highlights, minimal cracks. The prominent scarifications, in spikes, dot the bust where the umbilicus forms the "center of the world" associated with the lineage, and on the lower abdomen, horizontal, they symbolize fertility. This stool named lupona ,or kioni or kipona , kiona and again kitenta ("seat of authority"), according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the ruler, his people, and the protective spirits and ancestors, where past ...

Hemba Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Hemba Mask

The Hemba are a subgroup of the Luba ethnic group living in southeastern Dr. Congo, east of the Lualaba River, best known for their statuary representing chiefs. The pieces called soko mutu , suku muntu , (from Swahili," man's brother", and KiHemba, ibombo ya soho : "face de singe") belonged to the cult of ancestors and existed in two forms: on the one hand large masks used in ritual dances, and on the other hand, small masks or statuettes used as gifts, were hung in the boxes as protective amulets. These masks have recently been renamed mwisi gwa so'o , which expresses a concept that it is a chimpanzee spirit that would be embodied in the mask. This type of mask seems to be a version with human features. The broad, grimacing mouth forms a horizontal gap in the lower part. The eyes are ...


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Hemba anthropomorphic box
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Tribal art > Usual african items > Hemba Box

This lidded container depicts an ancestor, intermediate between men and gods, adopting a symbolic gesture, arms raised, one of the hands folded. A tiara engraved with lines delimits the shaved skull. The traditional sophisticated hairstyle, oiled and coated with red powder, then mounted on a raffia base, was organized at the back in cruciform element most often. The beard is associated with the wisdom and experience of the grandfather.
Generally made in iroko, these ritual sculptures were venerated by a particular clan and stored in funeral premises in the chief's house.
Patine golden brown oiled and velvety, very slight cracks. Erosions

The Hemba, established in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba, have long been subject to the luba neighbour who ...


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Head Hemba Singiti
Tribal art > African Statues > Head Hemba

Carved by the bwana mutombo this head, a fragment of a singiti statue, offers delicately carved features highlighted by chevrons depicting a fine beard collar. Usually made of iroko, these objects were revered by a particular clan and stored in burial quarters in the chief's house. Abraded light brown patina. Erosions. br> Height on base: 38 cm.
The Hemba have long been subject to the neighboring Luba Empire, which has had a definite influence on their culture, religion and art. Ancestor worship is central to Hemba society. Genealogy guarantees privileges and the distribution of land. All aspects of the community are permeated by the authority of the ancestors. For example, the ancestors are considered to have influence over justice, medicine, law and sacrifice. Skilled in ...


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Masque Hemba Market Muntu
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Tribal art > African mask > Hemba Mask

The spirit of a primate would be embodied in this Hemba mask split by a broad grin. The nostrils here are largely flattened and overhang a half-open mouth fitted into the large circular jaw. Dark crusty patina.
Only two types of Hemba masks have been identified: that of an anthropomorphic type with regular features, whose pointed chin is reminiscent of statuary, and those depicting monkeys, the soko mutu, whose functions remain little known, but which probably belonged, according to J. Kerchache, to the secret bugabo and bambudye societies. The smallest specimens (about twenty centimeters) would have been carried by hand during rites intended for the protection of the home and fertility. In addition to the kabeja janiform statuettes, the statues of male ancestors, guarded by the ...


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Figure of ancestor Hemba Singiti
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Hemba

Ancestor figure embodying a local chief, a war chief, or a founder of lineage. A frontal diadem, carefully chiseled from a succession of bars, delineates the shaved skull of the ancestor. The sophisticated headdress ends at the back of the head in a cruciform element as in the Lubas, and a thin beard underlines the jaw. The stocky morphology, by the evocation of a certain vigour, shows the assurance of the established chief in an anchored posture. Usually made of iroko, these ritual sculptures were venerated by a particular clan and stored in funerary premises in the chief's house. Oiled black patina, locally matted. Cracks of desiccation, old break on an arm.
The Hemba, established in the south-east of Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba, were for a long time subjected to ...

Figure of ancestor Hemba Singiti
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Hemba

Beautiful symmetry for this sculpture of ancestor Hemba where the span of the shoulders is balanced by the spread of the legs. An ovoid head whose features emerge, softened angles, the detail of a protruding adam apple, and the classic enhancement of the sexual organs associated with lineage. Grainy matte patina. Cracks.
Deral the tiara delimiting the shaved skull, the hair, oiled and coated with red powder, then mounted on a raffia base, was organized into a cruciform element.
Generally made in iroko, these ritual sculptures were venerated by a particular clan and stored in funeral premises in the chief's house.


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 ...

Figure of ancestor Hemba Singiti
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Hemba

Majestic Niembo-style ancestor figure embodying a local chief, a war chief, or a founder of lineage. A frontal diadem, carefully chiselled with a succession of bars, delimits the shaved skull of the ancestor. The sophisticated headdress ends at the back of the head in a cruciform element, and a thin beard underlines the jaw. The stocky morphology, by the evocation of a certain vigour, shows the assurance of the established chief in an anchored posture. Usually made of iroko, these ritual sculptures were venerated by a particular clan and stored in a funerary room in the chief's house. Oiled brown-black patina, locally matted. Cracks of desiccation, abrasions.
The Hemba, established in the south-east of Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba, were for a long time subjected to ...

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Ancestor head Hemba Singiti
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Tribal art > African Statues > Sculpture Hemba

Ex-American African tribal art collection.

Distinctive features of Hemba statuary, half-closed eyes in an ovoid face, frontal tiara composed of alternating bars, sophisticated cruciform headdress, form here a face with a haughty character. A frieze of chevron motifs features a thin necklace of beard. Usually made of iroko, these objects were venerated by a particular clan and stored in a funerary room in the chief's house. Satin brown patina, granular residual incrustations, desiccation cracks, erosions. Damaged base fixed on pedestal. Total height: 38 cm. br> The Hemba were for a long time subjected to the neighboring Luba empire, which had a definite influence on their culture, religion and art. Ancestor worship is central to Hemba society. Genealogy is the guarantee of ...

Figure de danseur Hemba Soko muntu
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Hemba

Rare anthropomorphic sculpture depicting a masked dancer dressed in a natural fiber cape attached to the thick leather cap that covers his neck, and wearing high leggings also in raffia. The face of the mask is characterized by its powerful formal contrasts, the pointed forehead under which the eyes are sheltered opposing the broad split, sneering, semi-spherical jaw. Lack on one foot. Patine mate.
The Hemba are a subgroup of the Luba ethnic group living in southeastern DR Congo, east of the Lualaba River, best known for their statuary representing chiefs. The pieces called soko mutu , suku muntu , (from Swahili, man brother, and KiHemba, ibombo ya soho : 'monkey face') belonged to the cult of ancestors and existed in two forms: on the one hand large masks used during ritual ...

Hemba ancestor head
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Tribal art > African Statues > Head Hemba

Usually made in iroko, the sculptures embodying the ancestor of the clan, named singiti, in the northern regions of Shaba and Maniema, were venerated by the group and stored in the chief's house in premises for funeral use. This cephalomorphic figure offers the peaceful expression emanating from the Statuary Hemba, eyes half-closed in an ovoid face, frontal tiara composed of alternating bars, sophisticated cruciform headdress. The face has delicately sculpted features highlighted by a raised pattern depicting a thin beard collar. Hauteu on plinth: 55 cm. Grainy matte patina. Abrasions and cracks, losses in the center.
The Hemba have long been subject to the neighbouring Luba empire, which has had a definite influence on their culture, religion and art. The cult of ancestors is ...


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Hemba figurative stick
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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 ...


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450.00





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