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Songye fetish (N° 23287)

The Nkishi figures are renowned for their singular plasticity characterized by sometimes outrageous deformations. Devoid of ritual accessories, this sculpture is carved according to traditional Songye criteria. Satin black patina. Desication crack, abrasions, small chips.
The Songye fetish, magic sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi), plays among the Songye the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, the smaller figures belonging to an individual or a family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle in Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. 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. 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.
Lit. : "The Sensible and the Force" ed. Royal Museum for Central Africa  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm32
Width10 cm
Weight0.85 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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