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Large Hemba Luba Memorial Ancestor Statue DRC Congo/Zaire African 26"

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This piece very likely belongs to the category of ancestor or commemorative figures, Singiti, which are the most important sculptural production of the Luba and Hemba.
The Hemba inhabit an area of hilly savannas along the east bank of the Zaire River, just to the north of their larger neighbors the Luba. The arts of the two cultures have often been confused, but during the last 30 years a scholastic distinction between them has emerged. The veneration of ancestors is vital to the social lives of the Hemba, and they excel in the creation of male statues known as singiti. These sacred statues are housed in their own special huts, and carefully guarded by chiefs and elders. Their worship not only insures the legacy of the ancestor, but validates the power of the chief who owns it. The more statues he owns, the more respect he commands. According to Cornet, "The masterpieces of the Hemba style may be grouped with the greatest works of traditional African art." See A SURVEY OF ZAIREAN ART: THE BRONSON COLLECTION.The modern-day Hemba moved into their current location along the Lualaba River from the east during the 18th century, though there is evidence of their presence in the region as early as the 16th century. They initially migrated into the Congo from what is today Tanzania. Particularly for the Hemba living in the southern portions of their territory, they became increasingly dominated by the vast Luba Empire, which had been established for centuries. The influence of the Luba was all-inclusive, and affected not only the social and ritual lives of the Hemba, but also the style and forms of art that they produced. Later, in the 19th century, the region was infiltrated by Arabs as well as colonial explorers from Belgium, who established a vast colony known as the Belgian Congo.
The history of the Luba can be traced back at least 500 years, and they have dominated much of southern part of the Congo during most of this time span. At the height of their expansion their empire stretched east all the way to Lake Tanganyika. Luba Society is still a large culture, numbering about 1,000,000, and their influence remains significant. While there are dozens of art-producing peoples of Congolese origin who have contributed significantly to the recognition of Central African art, the Luba, along with their closely related neighbors the Hemba, are debatable the most important of them all, with many masterpieces scattered throughout the world. The world's greatest museums and private collections are filled with Luba sculpture, as the beauty of some of their finest pieces transcends those of almost any other African culture. Their impact on the art world has been extraordinary. This beauty measures 26" high and is in good condition. Signs of aging include 3 hairline cracks on the front, small chips and scratches and one small area by the left arm pit that has bug damage.
This piece very likely belongs to the category of ancestor or commemorative figures, Singiti, which are the most important sculptural production of the Luba and Hemba.
The Hemba inhabit an area of hilly savannas along the east bank of the Zaire River, just to the north of their larger neighbors the Luba. The arts of the two cultures have often been confused, but during the last 30 years a scholastic distinction between them has emerged. The veneration of ancestors is vital to the social lives of the Hemba, and they excel in the creation of male statues known as singiti. These sacred statues are housed in their own special huts, and carefully guarded by chiefs and elders. Their worship not only insures the legacy of the ancestor, but validates the power of the chief who owns it. The more statues he owns, the more respect he commands. According to Cornet, "The masterpieces of the Hemba style may be grouped with the greatest works of traditional African art." See A SURVEY OF ZAIREAN ART: THE BRONSON COLLECTION.The modern-day Hemba moved into their current location along the Lualaba River from the east during the 18th century, though there is evidence of their presence in the region as early as the 16th century. They initially migrated into the Congo from what is today Tanzania. Particularly for the Hemba living in the southern portions of their territory, they became increasingly dominated by the vast Luba Empire, which had been established for centuries. The influence of the Luba was all-inclusive, and affected not only the social and ritual lives of the Hemba, but also the style and forms of art that they produced. Later, in the 19th century, the region was infiltrated by Arabs as well as colonial explorers from Belgium, who established a vast colony known as the Belgian Congo.
The history of the Luba can be traced back at least 500 years, and they have dominated much of southern part of the Congo during most of this time span. At the height of their expansion their empire stretched east all the way to Lake Tanganyika. Luba Society is still a large culture, numbering about 1,000,000, and their influence remains significant. While there are dozens of art-producing peoples of Congolese origin who have contributed significantly to the recognition of Central African art, the Luba, along with their closely related neighbors the Hemba, are debatable the most important of them all, with many masterpieces scattered throughout the world. The world's greatest museums and private collections are filled with Luba sculpture, as the beauty of some of their finest pieces transcends those of almost any other African culture. Their impact on the art world has been extraordinary. This beauty measures 26" high and is in good condition. Signs of aging include 3 hairline cracks on the front, small chips and scratches and one small area by the left arm pit that has bug damage.

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Large Hemba Luba Memorial Ancestor Statue DRC Congo/Zaire African 26"

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