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Two-headed Songye Horn (N° 18110)

Among the most unlikely objects of curiosity, this ritual horn Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi) is equipped with two heads highlighted in animal fur. The faces are directed in opposite directions, symbolizing the double view of the medium. A magic charge bishimba was probably introduced at the end of the horn, clogged. An internal chain resonates against the walls of the horn, producing a tingle with each move of the object. Oiled dark patina.
Hightop: 30 cm Length: 27 cm.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between God and humans, charged with protecting against different evils. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, and smaller figures belong to an individual or family. 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 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 plagues that struck individuals. (ref.: Treasures of Africa, Tervuren Museum, ed. De Vries-Brouwers; Art and life in Africa C.De Roy; The Sensible and the Force Ed. Royal Museum of Central Africa)  

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Originex-collection britannique
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, peau animale, plant fibre, corne
Height30
Width9
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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