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Songye Fetish (N° 24751)

African fetish of the Songye whose features reproduce the African mask kifwebe of the Bwadi ka bifwebe society. A bead of reptile skin surrounds her bust, an animal skin loincloth drapes her legs. Abrasions and desiccation cracks.

The fetish Songye, magic sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are generally the collective property of the village, the more modest figures being reserved for individual worship.
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle in Kasaï, Katanga and in South Kivu. 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 française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, peau et corne animales
Height cm53
Width12 cm
Weight1.70 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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