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Songye reliquary (N° 23277)

This sculpted figure, whose head carried by a ringed neck is oriented to the side, has a cavity for relics or intended for a therapeutic charge. She is endowed with various charms supposed, in Songye thought, to accentuate her magical power. Dark satin patina. Cracks and abrasions.
The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled along the Lualaba River amid savannah and forests. 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. The Ilande are a Songye sub-group living near the Luba territories. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals. They are governed by the yakitengé and by local chiefs. The Bwami secret society counterbalances their power, however. Their male masks, with occult powers, were exhibited during punitive and disciplinary expeditions.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, textile, vannerie, coquillages, crones animales
Height cm63
Width17 cm
Weight6.05 Kg

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