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Fétiche Songye Nkisi (N° 12906)

African tribal art and ritual fetishes
Statue-fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) anthropomorphic, its broad forearms are positioned around a protruding abdomen at the center of which the umbilical, hollowed out in cupule, received a cup Magic charge. Decorated with multicolored round and tubular pearl necklaces, in connection with the necklace symbol of the seven-year cycle of the association of bukishi , it is also dressed in a raphia loincloth. A cushion wrapped in reptile skin, perhaps the tail of the animal, is attached under its rib cage. At the top of his skull stands a horn, sealing the opening in which ritual elms were also introduced. The particularity of these objects most often resides in the angular treatment of the form, the imposing triangular face whose chin blends into the beard, the mouth cracks raised in rictus, and the attitude deported to the front of the bulging belly. Brown patina, particularly sainy. Desication cracks and wood abrasions.

These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans. Large copies are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a 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.
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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OriginE.x collection suisse
Weight0.90 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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