Gorgeous Male Hemba Statue 25″ on Base – DR Congo – African Art

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This statue was hand-carved in the style of the Hemba people of DR Congo. The statue showcases a male figure with gorgeous features. He comes attached to a custom base for easy display. The statue measures 22 inches tall, 25 inches including base, and weighs 15 pounds. There is some old damage to the base of the staue and some cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo




Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

22" figure, 25" including base

Width (Inches)

6.5” figure, 10" base

Depth (Inches)

7.5" figure, 10" base

Weight (Pounds)

15 lbs

Overall Condition

Damage around base. Cracking, scuffing and wear and tear.


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Tribe Information

About the Hemba People

“During the 18th century, the Hemba people, led by their chief Niembo, migrated from the south-west and settled on the right bank of the Lualaba River, in a region of fertile savannah. Today, they number 80,000 and are divided into large clans which, by definition, are families with a common ancestor. The hereditary chief of each clan is called the Fumu Mwalo and is the keeper of the ancestor figures. He renders justice and his status as clan head means that he has a privilege of receiving numerous gifts. The Hemba live mostly from farming manioc, sesame, yams and beans. Secret societies such as Bukazanzi for the men and Bukibilo for the women counterbalance the Fumu Mwalo’s power.

Two types of Hemba mask have been identified so far: the first is the rarest and displays a perfectly symmetrical human face with a small mouth and a linear nose set between two slanted eyes. The second type of mask imitates a monkey face with a large, pierced, crescent-shaped mouth and pointed nose. The function and meaning of these masks remain obscure.”

Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.