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Songye Kalebwe fetish statuette (N° 19505)

Treated in angular planes next to curved volumes, this sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ) transmits a powerful expression of vigor. Oversized, long feet fit the semi-spherical base on which the figure stands, which is topped by a diadem topped by a horn, his chin extending into a beard. Smooth black patina, satin finish.
These protection fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large 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 on the left bank of the Lualaba River. 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 created impressive statues with powerful features are often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories such as feathers, skin, and a horn full of magical charge.
Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover wizards and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals.  

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Originex-collection Colmant
EthnySongola
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood, corne
Height48
Width10
Weight1.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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