Ancestor figure - Wood - Kabeja Janus - Hemba - Congo

Ancestor figure - Wood - Kabeja Janus - Hemba - Congo
2nd half 20th century - Good

In a good vintage condition, a very particularly high wooden authentic Hemba Kabeja Janus statue. The provenance is from the Zvonko Romih Antique Store in Antwerp.

These double figures, called 'Kabeja', always form a man and a woman, back to back with two legs. They represent the couple 'ancestor' of the Hemba people and are reserved exclusively in the houses of the clan and village chiefs, as legitimation of his status and power also in terms of the protection of the members of the clan. This 'Kabeja sculpture' is made of one piece of hard, heavy wood and is patinated.

There are multiple spots of wear, scratches and minor damage to it but this makes this special sculpture authentic.

Dimensions: Height 59 cm x Width 17 cm x Diameter of the foot 17,5 cm.
Weight: Approx. 4,6 kg.

Have a good look at the pictures for an accurate impression of the offered lot.

Will be well packaged and sent by registered mail via PostNL parcel service, within and outside of the Netherlands. Also visit our Catawiki page for other vintage design lots.

Lot details
Ancestor figure
Indigenous object name
Kabeja Janus
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
2nd half 20th century
Sold with stand
59×17×0 cm
4.6 kg
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