African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye statue

Songye statue (N° 22199)

Curved masses punctuated by angles for this Songye statuette devoid of accessories. A mahogany-brown, oiled patina reveals the grain of the wood.
Minor abrasions.
The Songye fetish, magic sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi), plays among the Songye the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, the smaller figures belonging to an individual or a family. In the 16th 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 made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals.
Lit. : "The Sensible and the Force" ed. Royal Museum for Central Africa  

Watch the video


This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity

Estimated shipping cost

Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm53
Width9 cm
Weight1.11 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

You could also be interested by these items
Masque SongyeStatue SongyeFétiche SongyeFétiche ZandeStatuette Vodou

You must login to access these options
   Warn me if a similar item is added to the catalog
   Warn me if the price decreases
Manage my alerts

You have question on this item ? contact us

Previously viewed items
African art  -  Brussels - Paris - London

© 2022 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73A Rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100
visa Master CardPaypal