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Africa Direct

Hemba Mask Congo Wood African Art

AvailabilityIn stock
SKU
138322
Special Price $196.00 Regular Price $310.00
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Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Hemba
Materials Wood, pigment, metal
Approximate Age 20th Century
Height (in) 7
Width (in) 5
Depth (in) 3.5
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.

Additional Information: Near the end of the 16th century, the Hemba began their migration from an area to the northeast, probably modern day Tanzania. In the 1800s under the direction of Niembo and his son, Myhiya, the Hemba moved into their current location along the Congo River. The Luba unsuccessfully tried to incorporate the Southern Hemba into their growing kingdom. The Luba did succeed, however, in greatly influencing the Hemba in numerous ways, including artistic styles. In the late 19th century, the Hemba were subjugated to raids by Arab slave traders and again by Belgian forces during colonization.

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