Lobi, Hemba & Yombe 3 Piece Lot 7.5″-15.5″ – African Tribal Art


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This lot features a Lobi slingshot from Burkina Faso, a Hemba figure and Yombe mask from DR Congo. The pieces measure 7.5, 12.75 and 15.5 inches tall and weigh 0.5, 1.5 and 5.5 pounds. The slingshot comes attached to a custom base. There are cracks, scrapes and scuffs on these pieces – please inspect photos. The mask does not come with a stand.

Type of Object

2 statues, 1 mask


Bakongo (Kongo) Yombe, Hemba, Lobi


Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age




Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

0.5-5.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Cracks, scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos.

Height Range

12 to 24 Inches (31-60cm), Under 12 Inches (30.5cm)

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.

About the Lobi People

“The various tribes living in Burkina Faso (formerly Upper-Volta), Ghana and Togo cultivate millet and cotton, and rear cattle in the northern savannah regions. Their religious activities are dictated by the rhythm of the seasons – during the dry season in particular, when the fields are fallow, large festivals and ceremonies are organized.
The Lobi people number 250,000 and live across Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast and Ghana. They revere spirits known as Thil. Shrines are built to these spirits under the instruction of a sorcerer and placed either on the roof or inside the home and are filled with objects such as vessels, abstract iron figures, and stone and wood figures known as Bateba, which are believed to embody the Thil spirits.”

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

About the Yombe People

“Originally, the Kongo kingdom comprised of separate tribes – the Vili, the Yombe, the Beembe, the Bwende and the Woyo, among others were led by a king, the Ntotela, who was elected by a council of governors. The Ntotela controlled the nominations for official positions at court and in the provinces. The main economic resources of the empire were ivory, copper and the slave trade.
The 300,00 Yombe people are artistically prolific. Their maternity figures nail and mirror fetishes have typical shoulder scafifications and a high pointed or rounded coiffure incised with geometric motifs. Mirror and nail fetishes have aggressive expression characterized by an open mouth usually showing filed teeth.”

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