Mc1823 Singiti Hemba Ancestor Figure Congo Drc Ancestor Statue

Mc1823 Singiti Hemba Ancestor Figure Congo Drc Ancestor Statue

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CONGO DRC

HEMBA ancestor statue (Singiti)

Atypical by its hairstyle, or rather by its absence of elaborate hairstyle as one generally observes them on these statues of ancestors. This singiti simply presents partial baldness

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


PROVENANCE: Former Franco-Belgian collection of Mr Ph. V.
(More details on request)


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: 46.5cm
CONDITION: Fair - Poor
(See photos)

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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

HEMBA Ancestor Figure

Atypical by its hairstyle, or rather by its absence of elaborate hairstyle specific of those ancestors figures. This singiti simply has partial baldness

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

PROVENANCE: Ex Belgian-French Collection of Mr Ph.V.
(More details on request)



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 18 1/4 inches high (46.5 cm)
CONDITION: Medium - bad
Please have a look on pictures