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Beeldje Songye (N° 23274)
The face of this sculpted figure takes up the features of the African mask kifwebe and Songye fetishes. The convex bust, like a shield, bears motifs associated with the myths and symbols of the clan. The raised arms posture, atypical, would announce a declaration of importance. Glossy dark patina, erosions, lacks and desication cracks.
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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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