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Fetish statue Nkishi of Songye (N° 17701)

Angular volumes form this androgynous anthromorphic sculpture. Always intriguing by the diversity of their magical paraphernalia, the African fetishes mankishi (plu.) of Songye, specialists in the field. The summit horn, usually loaded with bishimba in which magic ingredients mingle, springs here in the center of the headdress. The various magical accessories, added by the ritualist named nganga , are made up of necklaces, inlays of upholstery nails, and ropes as loincloths. Each of them played a role in protecting themselves from witchcraft. Patine mate. Cracks.

The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled along the Lualaba River in the middle of the savannah and forests. 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 the sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that afflicted individuals. The Nkisi (sing.) plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large copies, the bankishi, are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family.  

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Originex-collection art africain luxembourgeoise
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, plumes, plant fibre
Height73
Width20
Weight4.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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