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Songye Nsapo Axe (N° 11520)
Old and endowed with a beautiful patina, this piece comes from a Belgian collection of African art. The wooden handle features a honey-coloured satin patina. The trapezoidal blade is sharp and lined with perforations. Attack weapons were often used as currencies in trade before colonial times. Originally from Shaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Songyes form a patriarchal society related to the Luba, with whom they share common ancestors. Governed by the yakitengé , and by local leaders, they are also subject to the influence of the secret society Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe whose masks are renowned.