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Songye divinatory fetish statuette (N° 19867)

Interesting little janiform talisman statuette on which appears a sculpted face, in place of the usual cavity housing a magical charge. The power of the fetish, according to the beliefs of the Songye, would be further enhanced by the presence of its accessories, such as nails and cords. Satin gold patina, glossy. These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large examples 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 manner. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. The Songyes have created impressive statues with powerful features that 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, the divination allowed to discover the sorcerers and to bring clarifications on the causes of the misfortunes which struck the individuals.  

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OriginCollection Scruel
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Height22
Width5
Weight0.12 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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