African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songola fetish
Songola fetish figure (N° 21883)
Sculpture whose armless bust has been hollowed out to accommodate magic ingredients. Other accessories could complete her ritual ornaments, such as these metallic spirals. These statuettes embody a deceased ancestor of the Nsubi society. Some sculptures were reserved for high-ranking Songola Bwami.
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Grainy patina. A damaged leg has been restored.
Mingled by alliance with the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola are governed by the elders of the lineages. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye the institution Luhuna composed of dignitaries and that of Bwami by their lega wives. The Songola live by hunting and fishing, they devote themselves to sculpture, although the objects associated with the Bwami cult come from the Lega. Among their reduced statuary, the figures of ancestors of the Nsubi society evoke those of the Mbole, other sculptures were kept in baskets as among the Lega. Masks were used during Nsindi initiation rites.
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