Singiti ancestor figure Hemba - SOLD OUT

Hemba in traditional African art

In Africa, the art of Hemba, from territories long banned for a long time, was little known in the West until its triumphant appearance in collections in the early 1970s. This tribal statuary includes works of exceptional artistic value . The commemorative figures named Singiti are among the classics of African Hemba art.

Among the Hemba, ancestor worship takes precedence over other values ​​of society and this priority is sensitive in sculpture. The artists, often grouped in workshops, perform images of their ancestors. These figures are ritually present during clan ceremonies. This statuary quality is often highlighted by a beautiful patina. Primarily, Hemba art was related to the Luba style, but for some time it has been recognized for its own qualities as a distinct style. Beautiful patina smooth and very dark.

Origin : private collection, BelgiumDating : 1960'sSize : 30 x 8 cmMaterials : wood

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1960
Ethnic group
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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