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Statue janiforme Songye (N° 18666)

The sculpture, with two faces evoking kifwebe linked to the company Bwadi ka bifwebe is equipped with ritual accessories with a magical purpose in the form of metal elements. A raffia cloth loincloth, stuck in a resin, marks the waist. Eroded wood, missing.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller figures belong to an individual or family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to 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 the sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that afflicted individuals.
Litt.: The Sensible and the Force Ed. Royal Museum of Central Africa  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia, metal
Height72
Width19
Weight3.80 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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