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.