Lot: 374

Male ancestor figure "singiti"

D. R. Congo, Hemba

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Ton-Peter Widdershoven, Amsterdam, The Netherlands H: 23.8 inch 15000 EUR / 30000 EUR

wood, base Ancestor figures, called "singiti", represent famous warriors, clan founders or local chiefs, which are put in small huts and venerated. Noble families of the eastern savannahs of the Democatic Republic of Congo adopted the practice of sculpting images of their ancestors, thus preserving the memory of their ancestors and constituting a genealogical chart of their lineage. Through this custom they reinforced the authority of the ancestral tradition and affirmed their ownership of the ground.

Fagaly, William, Ancestors of Congo Square, New Orleans 2011, p. 300