Lot: 19394th Tribal Art Auction
Janiform power figure "kabeja"
D. R. Congo, Hemba
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Paolo Morigi, Magliaso-Lugano, Switzerland ("305")
Walter Stanley Schwab, Murten, Switzerland ("WS 556") (ca.1978)
|H: 8.9 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, pigments, oily patina in some places, sacrificial traces, base "Kabeja" figures are seen as visual icon of the primordial couple, the founders of the society ("abeja" = woman, "makua" = man). The "kabeja makua" is the fundamental object of the Hemba cult, including the cult of ancestors. Whether administering justice or making an offering to the ancestor these Janus "kabeja" were always present. They are owned by the clan head known as the "fumu mwela".