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Songye Nkisi fetish statue (N° 18741)

Ex-collection Monegasque African art.
This sculpture without its top horn is the result of cooperation between the nganga, the craftsman and the client. Treated according to the indications of the ritual priest, the figure intended for the client is then loaded with the elements bishimba intended to counter any evil force: magic charge, various symbolic accessories. The physiognomy, which adopts the features of a middle-aged man, is reminiscent of the kifwebe mask. Satin brown-black patina. The fetish Songye , magic sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) , 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 in Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. 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. Very present in their society, divination allowed them to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that befell individuals.  

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Originex-collection monégasque
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, cauris, textile, fourrureanimale
Weight1.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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