African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye Fetish

Fetish statue Nkisi Songye (N° 19271)

The sculpture with a face evoking the masks kifwebe related to the society Bwadi ka bifwebe has ritual accessories in the form of metal elements, a horn and a bead of skin usually containing a magical charge. A fur loincloth marks the waist. Eroded wood, lacks.
The fetish Songye, magic sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large size specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the sixteenth 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. Divination, which was very present in their society, made it possible to discover sorcerers and shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals.
Litt. The Sensitive and the Force" ed. Royal Museum for Central Africa  

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OriginCollection luxembourgeoise
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, cuir, metal, plant fibre, corne animale
Height cm70
Width20 cm
Weight2.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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