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Hemba Memorial Warrior Figure Congo Africa 24 Inch

Regular Price: $225.00

Special Price: $125.00

Product #: 100120
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Title Hemba Memorial Warrior Figure Congo Africa 24 Inch
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Demorcratic Republic of Congo
People Hemba
Materials Wood. pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions 24 inches H. x 8 inches W. x 8 inches D.
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair chipped and cracked, scraped and worn patina; see pictures for details.


Additional Information:  A strong Hemba standing male figure carrying a spear and a staff. The figure is well-carved with a rounded face characterized by classic Hemba features including almond eyes in a large depression, an aquiline nose, a mouth with projected lips showing elegance and pride, and a carved beard, and a typical Hemba cruciform hairstyle. The beard indicates the figure is a represention of a mature  person.


The most common of the Hemba ancestor figures are called "singitis" . Much rarer are the warrior figures, like the stunning example presented here. The "Fumu Mwalo" would consult these warrior figures, and also make blood sacrifices to them, pouring the blood--usually from a chicken-- over the statue. This would result in a thick, encrusted patina, The Hemba number around 80,000 and live on the right bank of the Lualaba River west of Lake Tanganyika. They have been heavily influenced by their neighbors to the south, the Luba. It IS only in the last quarter century that their art has been identified as distinct from that of the Luba. Thus, many masterpieces in museums and famous collections have had to be reclassified.The Hemba are divided into large clans headed by a hereditary leader known as the "Fumu Mwalo," who administers justice and watches over the ancestor figures.