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Songye Fetish Statue (N° 16558)
The spectacular fetishes of African Songye art.
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In the centre of the bouquet of feathers that make up the headdress of our fetish, a sheep horn rises. Among the extra magic accessories with specific virtues, the brass elements nailed to the face and the triple necklace of white beads. A magical statue named Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi), this protective ritual sculpture, dressed in a carefully woven raffia loincloth, frequently features magical elements ( bajimba) inserted into the horns or abdomen. The head takes up the structure and features of the mask kifwebe on a ringed neck. These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. The Songye considered them dangerous to handle, which is why they were moved with rods inserted under their arms. Nkishi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans in the African culture. Large copies are the collective property of an entire village, but the smaller figures belong to an individual or family and are carved according to the instructions of the nganga . In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated to the Shaba region. 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. Considered experts in the field, the Songyes also provided fetishes to the Kuba.Ref royal court. :"Art and life in Africa" C.De Roy; "The sensitive and force" MRAC.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Material(s)||wood, plumes, perles, plant fibre|
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