The abdominal cavity of this African sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi) is devoid of magical charge bishimba. For the Songye, the power of the fetish was reinforced thanks to various accessories, metal, gimmicks, etc... Slightly satiny brown patina. Minor desiccation cracks.

These protection fetishes intended for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large examples are the collective property of an entire village, the smaller ones belong to an individual or a 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.  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm35
Width9 cm
Weight0.80 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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