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Songye Nkisi fetish statuette (N° 19114)

A small Songye sculpture, finely detailed and devoid of accessories such as the horn at the top in which the magical ingredients were housed. The abdominal cup is also empty. Patient chocolate satin.
The Songye came from the Shaba region of DRC and settled along the Lualaba river in the middle of 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. Very present in their society, divination allowed them to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that befell individuals. They are governed by the yakitengé and by local chiefs. The secret society Bwami counterbalances their power, however. Their male masks, with occult powers, were displayed during punitive and disciplinary expeditions. 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.  

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Originex-collection luxembourgeoise
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height22
Width7
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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