- La grande statuaire Hemba du Zaïre, François Neyt, 1977,
Ancestor Figure (Singiti)
The Hemba are a people living in the province of Katanga (Congo Rdc) between the Congo River and the Lake Tanganyika.
They are geographically and culturally close to the Lubas.
Their 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.
TYPE OF OBJECT: Head, statue, figure.
ETHNICAL GROUP: Hemba, Bahemba. .
ORIGINE: Democratic Republic of Congo.
DRC (ex Belgian Congo, ex Zaïre).
DIMENSIONS: About 9 1/2 inches high. 10 3/4 with the base