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Songye fetish (N° 23120)

Magical sculpture nkishi (pl. mankishi ) whose face takes the features of kifwebe masks. Cut into angular volumes, it is also loaded with the bishimba lodged in the horn or in the bead surrounding the bust, the abdomen apparently not concealing any. For the Songye, the addition of various accessories, metal, trinkets, etc... reinforced the "power" of the fetish. Velvety matte patina. erosions. br />
These protective 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 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to which they are related through common ancestors.


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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, peau et corne animales
Height cm49
Width10 cm
Weight1.04 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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