Hemba Antique collection

The Hemba are a Bantu ethnic group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).They live in villages, recognizing chiefs as their political leaders

The Hemba artistic tradition is well known. Subjects include ancestral figures, spirits, human faces and ceremonial masks.

Extensive wooden sculptures are prominent in their crafts and are often used in religious and cultural ceremonies. The main Hemba sculptures are the Singiti and Kabeja. 

Singiti are symbols of natural authority. Kabeja are very unique carvings with one body and two faces, male and female, that represent the founding couple of a clan. Each clan has one that is owned by the chief. Groups, however, can own several singiti.