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Fétiche Songye Nkisi (N° 8953)
Piece of the graphics of the ethnic group: mouth carried forward, nose in triangle, but above all the streaks on the face. The magic charge is usually symbolized by a horn placed on the top of the head. The summit horn here gives way to a small orifice through which the horn was attached. This piece is therefore desecrated.
The magical power of the Nkisi is enhanced by the addition of accessories such as the loincloth present here and sometimes by small leather bags and metal plates or nails.
These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors.
The Songyes have created impressive statues with powerful features are often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories such as feathers, skin and a horn full of magic charge.
Very present in their society, divination allowed to discover the sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals.