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Songye statue (N° 23462)

Sculpture of the Songye whose face takes on the shape of the Kifwebe mask. Satin patina, erosions of the base. Desication cracks.
In the 16th century, theSongyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. 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 plagues that struck individuals. (ref.: Treasures of Africa, Museum of Tervuren, ed. De Vries-Brouwers; "Art and life in Africa" C.De Roy; "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 cm74
Width20 cm
Weight2.54 Kg
Socle includedYes

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