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Songye fetish figure (N° 21132)

Devoid of accessories, this fetish Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )is vigorously carved, revealing the adze strikes. Individual fetishes were sometimes carved by non-professionals, the owners themselves. Brown satin patina. Abrasions.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The larger examples are collectively owned by an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or 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 manner. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. The Songyes have created impressive statues with powerful features that 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, the divination allowed to discover the sorcerers and to bring clarifications on the causes of the misfortunes which struck the individuals.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height30
Width8
Weight0.75 Kg

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