Hemba (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Hard wood with dark natural patina
H 63 cm
Figure of an ancestor.
South-eastern region of the Congo marked by the courses of the rivers Lualaba and Lomami.
This is a male character depicted upright with his head support by a strong neck. He holds his arm away from his body with hands on his stomach, short legs without feet, supported by the circular base. His face is marked with large lips and eyes emphasised in an arch. His forehead encloses the typical “Katanga cross” hairstyle at the back. His thin beard, made with a double row of square engravings, is the characteristic reserved for high-ranking members.The entire work, with its volumes, express all the power of the Hemba portraits.
€ 8.000 - 10.000
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- Former Paolo Morigi collection (Lugano);
- Former private collection (Lugano);
- Lugano 2002, Palazzo Riva, Banca Svizzera Italiana (BSI);
- VENTURI LUCA M. “Anime antiche, arte negra, da una raccolta di sculture dell’Africa occidentale” BSI Bank, Lugano 2002, fig. 50;
- LOUDMER & POULAIN "Arts Primitifs" Paris asta del 21 e 22 Marzo 1980, lotto 409 (*);
(*) In the catalog of the sale of March 22, 1980 this statue was described by the expert français Charles Ratton as follows:
Ancestor figure, statuette of a bearded man, standing, his hands resting on his hips. The hairstyle is decorated with two braids crossing at right angles. Cylindrical base. Zaire, Hemba. High 0.62 m (8.000/10.000 F.F)