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Songye neck support (N° 15104)

A caryatid female figure holds the tray of this neck rest with her widely deployed arms. The legs apart, with massive feet, enhance the detailed sexual organs while visually balancing the sculpture. The effigy is depicted wearing a female songye mask named kikashi, still used today. This type of mask is worn during initiations with a long suit and beard made of natural fibers.
The back of the piece has a long crack of desication, the tray is eroded. Medium brown speckled patina, ocrée inlays.
The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River in the middle of the savannah and forests. They are governed by the yakitengé and local leaders. The secret society Bwadi, however, counterbalances their power. Their male masks, with occult powers, were displayed during punitive and disciplinary expeditions. Their appearances remained linked to divinatory and socio-political objectives. (Luba, F. Neyt)  

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Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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