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Songye fetish statuette (N° 16830)
Originally from Shaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Songye are related to the Luba with whom they share common ancestors. An anthropomorphic figure of the type nkishi foreful of ritual adornments, it retains the specificities of the Songye statuary, endowed with the face of the Kifwebe mask, and a bulging belly on which lay long fingers extending the hands of graceful arms. The magic charge bishimba is inserted here at the top of the skull, sealed by a resin, and under the chest in a small bulge of skin.
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The Songye, considered experts in the field, supplied their kuba neighbors who did not produce fetishes. Since the object could not be touched, it was inserted with iron rods or hooks under the arms to move it. These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men in African culture. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller figures belong to an individual or family.
Ref.:"Art and life in Africa" C.De Roy
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