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This elegant XIXth century Hemba-Kusu figure was previously owned by curator James D. Campbell (Ontario), who purchased it from Gallery Tookalook in Canada, prior to which it was in Galerie Leonard Kahan in the 1980's. The patina and oxidisation of the wood place it in the XIXth century, as does the quality and sensitivity of the carving. These figures are usually named Singiti (Royal Ancestor Figure), and rank among the most powerful expression of African art. All Hemba lineage chiefs kept a series of ancestral singiti statues, related by known filiation, each of which bore the name of a specific ancestor. Resting in the dim light of a sanctuary erected near the house of the head of the family, this line of wooden ancestors established the genealogical depth of the group and legitimised its right to the land it occupied, testifying that the deceased they embodied were the first occupants. H= 56cm

Condition

Aged shiny patina, base damaged.

Dimensions

15.8 x 55.5 x 13.9 cm

Buyer's Premium

  • 12%

A XIXth century Hemba Kusu figure Prov: Kahan Gallery

Estimate €8,000 - €15,000Sep 22