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    Hemba (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central Africa)
    Singiti male figure
    Wood
    Height: 11 inches


    Ancestor images commemorate important men and are kept in special huts of principal families, serving as genealogical references and as a focus for ancestor worship. Typical features in this example are the stylized bear, and a diadem, which marks the highly shaved hairline. The coiffure imitates an actual practice of building up the hair with oil, powder and false hair upon a raffia support. The small offering bowl The lustrous black surface results from application of river mud, animal blood, palm oil and other substances, and years of handling.

    This carving is in fair condition; the base has minor wood loss on the edge, and the proper left leg is abraded. There is crack in the back torso and in the proper left side of the head.



    Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500.

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    May, 2014
    16th Friday
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