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Songye fetish (N° 22937)

Resulting from the cooperation between the nganga, the sculptor and the client, the sculpture intended for the client was then charged with the bishimba elements intended to counter any evil force. Textiles, feathers and necklaces were also additional magical accessories. Satin patina, desiccation cracks.
The fetish Songye, magic sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle in Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. 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. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, peau animale, textile
Height cm42
Width9 cm
Weight1.10 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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