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Songye Janiform Fetish Statuette (N° 16809)
Two masks kifwebe, linked to the company Bwadi ka bifwebe , make up the head of this fetish. A ritual accessory in the form of a necklace consisting of a leather pudding reveals fur. A puncture at the top may have been used to fix feathers. This sculpture was moved by metal rods to guard against its power.
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Desication Decisions. Glossy patina. Residual white clay inlays.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller figures belong to an individual or family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. 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. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover the sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that afflicted individuals.
Litt.: "Le Sensible and Force" ed. Royal Museum of Central Africa
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