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Songye fetish (N° 20093) Deposit sale

British Traditional African Art Collection.
Among the wide range of Songye sculptures, details distinguish this Songye statuette such as the horn inserted into the head at the tip, and the tiny metal crown at the top. The magic power of the bankishi, (sing. Nkishi) is supposed to be reinforced thanks to the addition of accessories, talismans, metallic elements, seeds, shells. The abdominal cavity is filled with a magical charge that can be made up of therapeutic ingredients. Glossy patina, desication cracks.
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to which they are related through common ancestors.
Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals.
Protection fetishes named Nkisi play the role of mediator between the supernatural world and men. Depending on their importance, they are intended for the village or for individual or family use.  

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OriginCollection britannique
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, corne
Height cm47
Width12 cm
Weight1.65 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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