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Songye sculpture (N° 23364)

Fetish-sculpture nkishi (pl. mankishi ) protective, featuring a central foot bringing together miniature figures of kifwebe masks. The bishimba, magic charge, was housed in the object. Velvety black patina. Slight lacks, desication cracks.

These fetishes of protection intended 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.
The Songyes created impressive statues with powerful features are often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories like feathers, skin and a horn full of magical charge.
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.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm29
Width19 cm
Weight1.10 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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