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Couple of statuettes Songye Nkisi (N° 16993)

Connected by ropes and textile pads that ceasy their chests, these little fetishes are imbued with a luba influence. Like the large songye ritual fetish sculptures, a magical charge has been placed in the accessory that fills them, the fabric puddings in this case. Symbol of abundance and fertility, a cauri is attached to the filling.
Satin dark brown Patine.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller figures belong to an individual or family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to which they are related through a mythical ancestor named Kongolo. Animists, the Songue believe, t into a creative god Efile, and worship the spirits of ancestors through cults and sacrifices. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover the sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that afflicted individuals.
Litt.: "Le Sensible and Force" ed. Royal Museum of Central Africa  

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Origincollection belge
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, plant fibre, textile
Height16
Width11
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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