|Object:||Kabeja Ancestor Figure|
|Ethnic group / culture:||LUBA / HEMBA|
|Region/ country:||DR Congo|
|Period:||Mid 20th century|
|Condition:||Good condition, used with some signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||No|
These double figures, called ‘Kabeja’, always represent a man and a woman, back to back. They represent the ‘ancestor’ couple of the Hemba people and are preserved exclusively in the houses of the clan and village chiefs, as legitimation of the latter’s status and power as well as for the protection of the clan members. The present ‘kabeja sculpture’ is made of a piece of hard, heavy wood and dyed black. It is stylistically perfect and displays convincing, old, partly shiny and partly encrusted, black patina.
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Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.