Large Singiti Hemba figure - SOLD OUT

Beautiful Hemba statue representing a male ancestor. Note the care given to the details by the sculptors: the beard very finely carved scarifications but also the headdress pulled back beautifully chiseled.
The traditional African art Hemba, from territories long banned for a long time, was little known in the West until its triumphant appearance in the collections in the early 1970s. This traditional statuary includes works of exceptional artistic value. The commemorative figures are among the classics of African 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, the Hemba tribal art was related to the Luba style, but for some time it has been recognized for its own qualities as a distinct style.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1930
61 x 19 cm
Ethnic group
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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