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Statuette Songye (N° 12775)

Ex-collection Swiss African art.
Statuette-fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) anthropomorphic, her arms are positioned around a protruding abdomen. The particularity of these objects most often resides in the angular treatment of the form, the imposing triangular face whose chin often blends into a beard, the cracks of the mouth spread in grin, and the attitude deported to the front of the bulging belly. Brown, sained skate. These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans. Large copies 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 whom they are related through common ancestors.
The Songyes have created impressive statues with powerful features are often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories such as feathers, skin and a horn full of magic charge.
Very present in their society, divination allowed to discover the sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals.  

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Originex-collection suisse
Height cm45
Width10 cm
Weight1.25 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1970
Socle includedYes

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