Hemba Figure, D.R. Congo (#0298)
Country: D.R. Congo, Central Africa
Description: Many find that the serene closed eyelids reflect
an interior calm. The swelling belly and navel
are a sign of family and continuity, with the
hands embracing and protecting it. These figures
do not represent an individual, but reflect on
family and lineage. A figure can refer to a certain
generation or an entire genealogy. A Chief may
have three or four figures to represent his connection
to a great family.
Provenance: Ex Private Collection. Collected about 50 years ago by a Belgian living in the D.R. Congo.