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Songye reliquary basket (N° 9090)
Former Belgian private collection of African art Jan Putteneers.
In the centre of the room, there is a songye statuette with a face reminiscent of Kifwebe masks. This facies is also similar to that very geometric of some Nkisi protective fetishes.
The statuette is attached to a small terracotta clask itself placed among a multitude of offerings and libations accompanying a tangle of materials and strings.
The Songyes have created impressive statues with powerful features are often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories such as feathers, skin and a horn full of magic charge.
Very present in their society, divination allowed to discover the sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals.
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|Origin||Ex collection privée belge *|
|Material(s)||wood, terracotta, corde|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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