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Songye Fetish (N° 18062)

Originally from Shaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Songye are related to the Luba with whom they share common ancestors. This anthropomorphic sculpture, sporting a metallic thread wrapped around the wrist and a fragment of skin under the chest, retains the specificities of songye statuary, with the facies of a Kifwebe mask, the bulging belly without a ventral load bishimba, the stocky legs, apart, semi-reshuffed, supported by wide feet. The charge was likely introduced into the summit horn.
The Kuba did not produce fetishes, they bought them from their neighbours Songye, considered experts in the field. Since the object could not be touched, it was inserted with iron rods or hooks under the arms to move it. These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men in African culture. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller figures belong to an individual or family.
Erosions and cracks. Residuals dotted with red ochre.
Ref.:Art and life in Africa C.De Roy  

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Originex-collection allemande
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal peau animale
Height cm41
Width8 cm
Weight0.80 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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