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Hemba Memorial Kneeling Figure Hunter Congo African Art

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Title Hemba Memorial Kneeling Figure Hunter Congo African Art
Type of Object Carving, figure
Country of Origin DR Congo
People Hemba
Materials Wood. pigment
Approximate Age mid 20th Century
Dimensions 13.25 inches H. x 6 inches W.
Overall Condition Poor. 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 broken bow and arrow, chips and scratches in places, holes in base, arrested old insect damage


Additional Information:  A Hemba kneeling  male figure  carrying a arrow and a bow in hands and also a quiver with arrows in the back . As described, this figure represents a hunter. The figure is well-carved wearing a ceremonial hat. The facial features  include almond eyes in a large depression, an aquiline nose, a mouth with projected lips showing elegance and pride, and a carved beard. The beard indicates  that the figure is a representation of an elder.


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.


For more information on the Hemba, as well as a picture of a rare warrior figure, see Neyt F,. La Grande Statuaire Hemba du Zaire., Louvain-La-Neuve


I have examined this piece and agree with the description,
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.