The result of cooperation between the nganga, the sculptor and the client, the statuette was loaded with bishimba elements intended to reinforce its action. It was introduced at the top of the head of this example, and fragments of textile were tied around the sculpture.
Pinkish beige matte patina, abrasions and cracks and losses.
The fetish Songye, magic sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, the smaller figures belong 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 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.
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