Male Hemba Statue on Custom Base 17.5″ – DR Congo – African Art

Original price was: $150.00.Current price is: $37.50.


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This statue was carved in the style of the Hemba people of DRC. The statue showcases a male figure with his hands resting on his protruding belly. He measures 16 inches tall, 17.5 inches including custom base, and weighs 4 pounds. There is some damage around the base of the figure and some cracking and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo




Wood, pigment and fabric

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

16" figure | 17.5" including base

Width (Inches)

5" figure | 7" base

Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

4 lbs

Overall Condition

Damage around base of figure. Cracking 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.