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Songye Fetish (N° 13974)

Originally from Shaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Songye are related to the Luba with whom they share common ancestors. All sober, this anthropomorphic figure devoid of ritual adornments retains the specifics of the Songye statuary, with the appearance of the Kifwebe mask, the bulging belly without ventral charge bishimba in this case, on which come to rest hands, stocky legs, spread, semi-flexed, supported by broad feet with a circular base. The Kuba did not produce fetishes, they procured them from their Songye neighbours, considered experts in the field. Since the object could not be touched, it was inserted with rods or iron hooks under the arms to move it. These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans in the African culture. Large copies are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. The songye society is organized in a patriarchal way. Its history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. Ref. "Art and life in Africa" C.De Roy  

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OriginCollection française
EthnySongye
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height cm23
Width7 cm
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated datingn/a

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