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This figure is depicted in a classic Hemba-style standing in a symmetrical position with the hands alongside the navel or abdomen of the figure. These types of ancestral figures were placed in small huts in the village compound, and they represented local chiefs or warriors and founders of their royal lineages.

Culture and Traditions

The Hemba people live in villages, recognizing chiefs as their political leaders. The Hemba language belongs to a group of related languages spoken by people in a belt that runs from southern Kasai to northeastern Zambia.

Donation Details

Michael Wasserman donated in the year 2003.


The Appraised Amount is $ 40,000.00.

Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

J. B . Coleman Library


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