SOLD / SOLD! MC1295 Handsome Kabeja HEMBA Sculpture Janiforme Janus figure

SOLD / SOLD! MC1295 Handsome Kabeja HEMBA Sculpture Janiforme Janus figure

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KABEJA HEMBA

Superb statue with a beautiful crusty patina




The Hemba had very talented sculptors and the art of the tribe is mainly known for the effigies of ancestors, the Singiti, figures of power who exude an astonishing serenity and natural authority.

According to François Neyt in "La grande statuaire Hemba", the Kabeja (or Kabedja) are Janiform sculptures that represent the founding ancestor couple of each clan, the statue was unique and belonged to the chief, while each group had several Singiti. She played a role in all ceremonies, as well as in court decisions

According to Jean-Baptiste Bacquard, the Kabeja would represent spirits
who would protect the clan. The cavity at the top of the skull contained magical substances

The Hemba people live in eastern Congo DRC, between the Lualaba River (Congo River) to the west and Lake Tanganyka to the east.
Their territory revolves around the Luika River which delimits the Hemba of the north and those of the south. They are therefore present in the south of the province of Maniema as well as in the north of the province of Tanganyka.
They are geographically and culturally close to the Luba

 


Features:

TYPE OF OBJECT: Statue.
ETHNIC GROUP: Hemba Bahemba.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Democratic Republic of Congo DRC
(ex Belgian Congo, ex Zaire).
MATERIAL: Wood.
DIMENSIONS: Height 30.5 cm.
35 cm with the base
CONDITION: Fair - Poor
(See photos).

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Bibliography / Bibliography:

- The great Hemba statuary of Zaire, François Neyt, Higher Institute of Archeology and Art History, UCL, Louvain-La-Neuve, 1977
- The Tribal Arts of Africa, Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, Thames and Hudson, 1998
- 100 peoples of Zaire and their sculpture. The handbook for collectors, scholars and students, Marc Leo Felix, Brussels: Zaire Basin Art History Research Foundation, 1987 page 35 illustration 5
- KABEJA - Bernard de Grunne - 2012 
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KABEJA HEMBA
Superb statue with a beautiful crusty patina

The Hemba had very talented sculptors and the art of the tribe is mainly known for the ancestors figures, the Singiti, symbols of power who exude astonishing serenity and natural authority
According to François Neyt in "la grande statuaire Hemba", the Kabeja is a rare Janiform sculpture which represents the couple of founding ancestors of each clan. The statue was unique and owned by the chief, while each group had several Singiti figures. It was used in all Hemba ceremonies, as well as in court decisions

Jean-Baptiste Bacquard suggests that the Kabeja would represent spirits. And protects the clan. The cavity at the top of the head contained magic substances

The Hemba live in eastern Congo DRC, between the Lualaba river (Congo river), to the west, and Lake Tanganyka, to the east
Their territory is articulated around the Luika river which delimits the Hemba of the north and those of the south. They are therefore present in the south of the province of Maniema as well as in the north of the province of Tanganyika.
They are geographically and culturally close to the Luba
Features:


TYPE OF OBJECT: statue, figure.
ETHNIC GROUP: Hemba, Bahemba.
ORIGIN: Democratic Republic of Congo.DRC
(ex Belgian Congo, ex Zaire).
MATERIAL: Wood.
DIMENSIONS: About 12 inches high.
13 3/4 " with the base
CONDITION: Medium - Bad
Please have a look on pictures