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Songye Ilande fetish statue (N° 18509)

This male figure, whose head worn by a ringed neck is oriented to the side, was moved by the ritualist thanks to rods placed under the arms. Often accessorized with various quolifichets supposed to accentuate her magical power, she is here devoid. The base is damaged, one of the sjambes is 'gnawed'. Satin black patina.
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. The Land are a Songye subgroup living near the Luba territories. 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. They are governed by the yakitengé and by local leaders. The secret society Bwami however, counterbalances their power. Their male masks, with occult powers, were displayed in punitive and disciplinary expeditions. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller figures belong to an individual or family.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height56
Width19
Weight1.95 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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