MC1747 Rare & Large Hemba Singiti Figure Congo Ancestor Statue

MC1747 Rare & Large Hemba Singiti Figure Congo Ancestor Statue

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CONGO DRC

Superb HEMBA ancestor statue (Singiti)

Rare Niembo style Singiti from the Luika

The Singiti, statues of Hemba ancestors are famous.
They represent deceased chiefs venerated by the tribe, they help their successors to legitimize their political power.
They give off an impression of majesty and great serenity.

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 (formerly the northern part of the Province of Katanga)
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: 61cm
65cm with its base
CONDITION: Fair - Poor
A hand was broken and reattached
(See last photo)

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Bibliography / Bibliography:

- The great Hemba statuary of Zaire, François Neyt, Louvain-la-neuve, Higher Institute of Archeology and Art History, 1977
- HEMBA,
Luigi Spina and Constantin Petridis, Editions 5 Continents, 2017
- Luba Hemba Werke Unbekannter Meister, Frankfurt am Main, Museum für Völkerkunde, 1983
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CONGO DRC

Rare HEMBA Ancestor Figure (Singiti)

Beautiful "Niembo de la Luika" style ancestor statue


The Singiti, the Hemba ancestors figures are famous.
They represent the deceased leaders and, venerated by the entire tribe, they help their successors to legitimize their political power.

They give off an impression of majesty and great serenity.

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 Tanganyka.(formerly the northern part of Katanga Province)
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 24 inches high (61 cm)
About 25 1/2 with the base (65 cm)
CONDITION: Medium-bad
A hand was broken and glued
(See last picture)