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Songye Stool (N° 24932)

Sometimes supporting Songye fetishes, mankishi (sing. nkishi), this type of seating could also be charged with a protective bishimba at the level of the head, the umbilicus or in the base. In the south-west of the Congo, in Angola and in Zambia, each chief had a female caryarid seat, an image of fecundity, fertility and matrilineal filiation.
The Songye came from the Shaba region in the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River in the middle of savannah and forests. They are governed by the yakitenge and by local chiefs. The Bwadci secret society, however, counterbalances their power. Black lustrous patina, minor crazing and abrasions.
Lit. : "The Sensible and the Force" ed. Royal Museum for Central Africa  

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OriginCollection Belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm44
Width27 cm
Weight4.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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