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Nkishi statue
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The Nkishi figures of the Songye are renowned for their singular plasticity, such as this human sculpture with a face displaying a toothless grin. The excess is also inscribed in the lower part of the face, the long fingers provocatively holding the bulb of the abdomen, huge feet overhanging the cylindrical base. Satin black patina. Desication crack.
The Songye fetish, magic sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi), plays among the Songye the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, the smaller figures belonging 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 society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is ...


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Songye fetish
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Magical sculpture nkishi (pl. mankishi ) whose face takes the features of kifwebe masks. Cut into angular volumes, it is also loaded with the bishimba lodged in the horn or in the bead surrounding the bust, the abdomen apparently not concealing any. For the Songye, the addition of various accessories, metal, trinkets, etc... reinforced the "power" of the fetish. Velvety matte patina. erosions. br />
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society is ...


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Songye mask
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African Art among the Songye.
This African mask streaked with large bands forms a reduced version of the "wooden mask" Kifwebe (plural Bifwebe) of the Songye, the same type of which was produced by the Luba.
The term Kifwebe refers to the mask, the society of masks, and the wearer of the mask belonging to the male secret society bwadi bwa kifwebe which ensured social control. There are three variants: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low or even absent crest, and finally the tallest embodying power (kia ndoshi). Matt patina. br />
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba, in Katanga and Kasai. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their ...


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Songye Fetish
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Grenin sly- grimacing and half-closed gaze encrusted with cauris agree to give this nkishi a menacing appearance. The brass nails, inserted on the face of this sculpture of African art, would evoke smallpox. The Maniema region was hit hard by epidemics and in African culture, metal has magical, therapeutic and apotropaic properties. Ritual ingredients were also introduced into the abdomen (bishimba) into the horn when present. Textiles, feathers and necklaces were also necessary attributes to guard against witchcraft. The ventral load was taken from this subject. The ear holes also bear witness to loops, usually made of metal, which are now absent. The skull is draped in a beanie of animal skin, and a skirt of the same parched material, on which remain hairs, rises in the back of the ...


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Songye sword
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The sword has a hilt with a janiform motif with symbolic reference, a miniature replica of the kifwebe mask, but whose function is also protective. It is indeed an object of nkishi power, provided with a ritual charge inserted at the top. This prestigious sword-emblem has its scabbard with meticulously braided contours. Smooth gray beige patina, slight desication crack.
In the 16th century, the Songyes 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 which 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.: ...


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Songye mask
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Ex-collection traditional African art African.
The term Kifwebe refers to the mask, the society of masks, and the wearer of the mask belonging to the secret male bwadi bwa kifwebe society that provided social control. There are three variants: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest or even absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). Velvety matt patina, abraded. Cracks of desiccation. Height on base: 40 cm. These African masks have holes around their edges so that for the most important ceremonies, a costume can be attached, including a voluminous beard made of natural fibers. The white stripes symbolize the feathers and the link with death. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from ...


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Songye mask
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The tribal masks of the Songye .
African mask of the Songye ethnic group, in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo . Provided with a high sagittal crest, this mask, of modest size, would be masculine, as opposed to the feminine mask which carries a ridge. The lines in powerful relief give it a spectacular appearance. Matte patina, abrasions.
Three variations of this Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death" (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very high crest. bass or even absent, and finally the biggest one embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, is worn with a long costume and a long beard made of natural fibers, absent on this example, during ...


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The tribal masks of the Songye .
African mask of the Songye ethnic group, in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Featuring an impressive sagittal crest, this kilume mask represents a high authority in the brotherhood. Broad colored bands emphasize its volumes. Matt patina, abrasions and erosions.
Three variants of this Kifwebe( pl. Bifwebe) or "death chaser"(Roberts)mask are distinguished: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest or even absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, is worn with a long costume and a long beard made of natural fibers, absent on this example, during major ceremonies. The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC ...


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Songye statue
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Belgian African art collection.
African statue Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ) of the Songye, which has a head with the features of the kifwebe mask. The prominent abdomen is underlined by a belt followed by a vegetable fiber loincloth. The bishimba magic charge was probably introduced at the top of the head from which rises an animal horn. A second horn, attached to the necklace of the fetish, is also sometimes loaded with therapeutic ingredients. Shaded gray patina. These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between god and men, responsible for protecting against various evils. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, and the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In ...


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Songye fetish
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An imposing masked face of the kifwebe of the Bwadi ka bifwebe society wears a headdress devoid of its horn. Metal elements and a skin belt usually containing a ritual charge make up accessories with a symbolic connotation.

Slightly grainy oiled patina, erosions and cracks.

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 reduced 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 society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba, to whom they are related through common ...


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Songye fetish
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Resulting from the cooperation between the nganga, the sculptor and the client, the sculpture intended for the client was then charged with the bishimba elements intended to counter any evil force. Textiles, feathers and necklaces were also additional magical accessories. Satin patina, desiccation cracks.
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, while 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 society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba, to whom they are related ...


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Songye Fetishes
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Connected by ropes and textile pads that ceasy their chests, these little fetishes are imbued with a luba influence. Like the large songye ritual fetish sculptures, a magical charge has been placed in the accessory that fills them, the fabric puddings in this case. Symbol of abundance and fertility, a cauri is attached to the filling.
Satin dark brown Patine.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller figures belong to an individual or family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from ...


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Songye Mask
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Ex-German African tribal art collection.
. Always spectacular are the Songye masks where the nasal edge extends upwards from a wide disc. From the prominent mouth, which evokes lips frozen in articulation, a sound, perhaps a breath, could be exhaled. This African mask, whose volumes helped to inspire the Cubist artistic movement, is striated with wide bands inlaid with white pigment. Matt patina, cracks.
 Three types of Kifwebe African art masks are listed: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high peak, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest peak or even absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba River. Their society is ...


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Songye figure
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Carved in dense wood, this bust figure adopts the physiognomy of the African kifwebe mask from the Bwadi ka bifwebe society. The bishimba magic charge, with a protective aim, is absent. Glossy patina, cracks.
The Songye fetish, 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 more modest figures reserved for individual or family use. 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 ...


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Kifwebe Mask
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This African mask whose volumes helped inspire the Cubist artistic movement is streaked with lines coated with white pigment. The ridge of the nose under which nostrils were pierced continues in high sagittal crest. The eyelids and mouth like a beak form salient volumes. Mate patina, abrasions, slight misses.
This types of African art mask Kifwebe are listed: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest crest or absent, and finally the greater embodying power (kia ndoshi). In the 16th century, the Songyes 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. ...


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Kifwebe mask
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Trouwen met de sagittale kam, een ongewoon dierlijk element tussen de verscheidenheid aan kifwebe-maskers, rust een gebeeldhouwde figuur die een vogel voorstelt op de brug van de neus. Masker met pure vormen, klassiek gebogen ter hoogte van de wangen, dan verwijdend in een kraag. Mat patina, erosies. Hoogte op voet: 57 cm.
Drie soorten Afrikaanse Kifwebe-maskers worden vermeld: het mannelijke (kilume) over het algemeen met een hoge kuif, het vrouwelijke (kikashi) zou een meer bescheiden of zelfs afwezige kuif vertonen, en tenslotte de grootste belichamende kracht (kia ndoshi). In de 16e eeuw migreerden de Songyes vanuit de Shaba-regio om zich op de linkeroever van de Lualaba te vestigen. Hun samenleving is patriarchaal georganiseerd. Hun geschiedenis is onlosmakelijk verbonden ...


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Fetish Kifwebe
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Statuette depicting a figure wearing the Songye kifwebe mask. The magical power of the bankishi,(sing. Nkishi) is, according to Songye belief, reinforced by the addition of accessories, talismans, metallic elements, seeds, shells, as here the loincloth, the skin belt, and the down on the head. Beige patina, encrusted with white clay. Cracks of desiccation.

These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society is organized in a patriarchal manner. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. The ...


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Songye mask
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Fascinatingly creative, this songye kifwebe type mask has elements that spring powerfully from the volume of the face. The narrow plane of the cheeks in fact makes the buccal rectangle protrude, the latter being connected to the majestic crest overhanging it.

Shiny patina, erosions, small accidents.


Three variants of this mask Kifwebe ( pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death" (Roberts), from the society of the same name, are distinguished: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low or absent crest, and finally the tallest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, seems to come from the border zone between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are worn by a Kifwebe dancer in a state ...


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Statue Songye
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African art and fetishes nkisi
This fetish statue Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) does not seem to have passed into the hands of the fetishist, the umbilical, hollowed out in cup, not having a magic charge. Other elements strengthening its "power ", and associated with rituals, such as horn, necklaces, insertion or metal veneer, being also absent. The particularity of these objects most often resides in the angular treatment of the form, the imposing triangular face whose chin blends into the beard, the mouth cracks raised in rictus, and the attitude deported to the front of the bulging belly. Dark brown patina with blackish residual inlays, satin touch. Desication cracks.

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Songye fetish
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Statuette Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi) at the top of which a horn has been inserted by the point. The power of the fetish, according to the beliefs of the Songye, would be reinforced by the presence of its accessories, metal and, or, various additions of materials, vegetable fibers, animal skins, dried fruits, etc... Beautiful abraded light brown patina.< br /> These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their ...


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Songye statue
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Singular sculpture representing a character frozen in powerful gestures, wearing a Songye mask and whose bust is formed by a circular shield, patterned with the Kifwebe mask. The Songye/Luba shields, called ngabo, were kept in the mask storage box where they were symbolically hung on the walls. Some were offered to Songye chiefs who made a pact with the Luba.
A ritual horn, now missing, fitted into the head.
Satin patina. Erosions., small abrasions.
Three variants of this Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death" (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low or even absent crest, and finally the greater embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, seems to come from the ...


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