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Grand fétiche Songye Nkisi (N° 17849)

These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi s role as a mediator between gods and men. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller figures belong to an individual or family. 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 often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories such as feathers, skin and a horn full of magical charge, bijimba . 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 face of this copy takes on the features of the mask kifwebe songye. Patine mate.  

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Originex-collection luxembourgeoise.
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, textile, corne, perles
Height88
Width16
Weight6.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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