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Hemba Seated Figure with Staff Congo African Art 30 Inch

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Title Hemba Seated Figure with Staff Congo African Art 30 Inch
Type of Object Figure, Carving, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Democractic Republic of Congo
People Hemba
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 30 inches tall x 9 inches W
Overall Condition Fair. 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 base is severely damaged by bugs (arrested), but statue is securely fixed to base. cracks, chips, dirt and general wear

Additional Information:  This Luba statue likely represents an ancestor.  He has a figural staff in his right hand that resembles the known form of a linguist's staff.  He exhibits the classic Luba features: big protruding lips and a bulged forehead.  His raised beard is accompanied by the cross hairstyle.  

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.

Recommended Reading:

F, Neyt, LUBA. TO THE SOURCES OF THE ZAIRE, 1993, Musee Dapper: Paris