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Songye Whistle (N° 27135) Deposit sale

Belgian collection of African art

These collector talismans, worn as pendants, were used during collective hunts to warn the team or the dogs and guide the prey towards an objective. The whistling sound could be modulated using the lateral appendage. Specialist hunters used a variety of ritual objects to ensure the success of their hunts.
Beautiful mahogany patina. Height on base: 20 cm.
The Songye came from the Shaba region in the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River in the middle of the savannah and forests. They are governed by the yakitengé and by local chiefs. The Bwadi secret society, however, counteracts their power. Their masculine masks, with occult powers, were exhibited during punitive and disciplinary expeditions. Their appearances remained in fact linked to divinatory and socio-political objectives. (Luba, F. Neyt)  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm15
Width5 cm
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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