Lot: 25093rd Tribal Art Auction
Male ancestor figure "singiti"
D. R. Congo, Hemba, Niembo style
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Ludwig Bretschneider, Munich, Germany (1972)||H: 22 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, rep. (base), on pedestal This idealized portrait commemorated and honored the lifetime accomplishments of a deceased male ancestor. With its serene expression the figure embodies the dignity and wisdom of a respected elder. As spiritual mediators between the living and the dead, these figures were preserved in a shrine, where they were paid homage with prayers and blood sacrifices. The figures also provided a powerful ideological message about family continuity and legitimized the political authority inherited by the ancestor’s living kin.