African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Songye Fetish
Fetish statuette Nkisi Songye (N° 19763)
The face of this African statuette is related to the kifwebe mask related to the Bwadi ka bifwebe society. The ritual accessories here are in the form of a beaded necklace, an animal horn and a skin bead frequently having a magical charge or therapeutic ingredients. Satin chocolate patina.
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The fetish Songye, magical sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The larger specimens are collectively owned by 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 in Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. Their society is organized in a patriarchal manner. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors.
Divination is very present in their society and allowed them to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of misfortunes that struck individuals.
Litt. Le Sensible et la Force" ed. Royal Museum of Central Africa
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Material(s)||wood, plant fibre, corne animale, perles|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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