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Songye Nkishi fetish statuette (N° 18692)

More realistic than usual, this carved figure Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ),always provided with the top horn in which the magic charge bishimba will probably have been introduced. The power of the fetish would indeed be accentuated by the presence of accessories, jewelry, metal, materials and various elements. Brown to black glossy patina.
These protection fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba River. 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 created impressive statues with powerful features are often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories such as feathers, skin, and a horn full of magical charge.
Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover wizards and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, perles, fourrure et corne animale
Height36
Width10
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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