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Songye fetish figure
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye fetish

Devoid of accessories, this fetish Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )is vigorously carved, revealing the adze strikes. Individual fetishes were sometimes carved by non-professionals, the owners themselves. Brown satin patina. Abrasions.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The larger examples are collectively owned by an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or family. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba River. 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 Kifwebe miniature mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Songye mask

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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Large Songye Kifwebe mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Songye mask

Rare figurative version of the African mask Songye, the kikashi , embodying a positive force. The flat nasofrontal ridge usually indicates that this is a female mask. Parallel streaks are etched on the pigmented white surface. Erosions.
Three variants of this Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death" (Roberts), from the company of the same name, stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low or even absent crest, and finally the largest one embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, seems to come from the border area between the northern Luba and the Southeast Songye. They are worn by a Kifwebe dancer in a state of "bwadi" trance, accessorized with a long braided costume and a long set of ...


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Fetish statue Nkisi Songye
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye Fetish

The sculpture with a face evoking the masks kifwebe related to the society Bwadi ka bifwebe has ritual accessories in the form of metal elements, a horn and a bead of skin usually containing a magical charge. A fur loincloth marks the waist. Eroded wood, lacks.
The fetish Songye, magic sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large size specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the sixteenth 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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Fetish statuette Nkisi of Songye
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye Fetish

Balanced proportions and symmetry for this statuette Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi) whose top horn is intact. The tips of the feet, protruding from the raffia loincloth, merges on the circular base. In the hollowed-out umbilical came the magic charge bishimba , also present in the pad attached under the armpits. The power of the fetish would be accentuated by the presence of its accessories. Satin dark brown patina.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. Nkisi 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 settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society ...


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Statue Nkishi Songye Kalebwe
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye Fetish

This sculpture with angular shapes is the result of cooperation between the nganga, the craftsman and the client. Treated according to the instructions of the ritual priest, the figure intended for the client is then loaded with the elements bishimba intended to counter any evil force. In the case of the çi-contre fetish, the hollowed abdomen is devoid of it. The face is studded with upholstery nails. In African culture, metal has magical, therapeutic and apotropaic properties. The face that adopts the features of a middle-aged man recalls both the kifwebe mask. Satin black brown patina.
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 ...

Songye Kalebwe fetish statuette
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye Fetish

Ex-German African art collection.

Statuette Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )whose top horn is absent. The power of the fetish, according to Songye beliefs, is reinforced by the presence of its accessories, such as metal and various additions of materials, vegetable fibers, animal skins, dried fruits, etc... Light brown patina. Minimal cracks.
These protection 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 sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba River. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. ...


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Songye Nkisi Kalebwe statue
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Magic sculpture, Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ), carved in angular volumes and loaded with the bishimba probably lodged in the horn, the abdomen apparently not harboring any. The power of the fetish would be further enhanced by the presence of various accessories, metal, quolifichets, etc... In this case, only a skin loincloth dresses the fetish. Matt patina. Strong erosions.

Songye neck support
African art > Head rest > Songye neck support

A caryatid figure supports the narrow tray of this neck rest with her arms widely spread. The effigy is depicted wearing a female Songye mask called kikashi, which is still used today. This type of mask is worn during initiations with a long costume and a beard made of natural fibers. Used as a pillow to preserve the hair arrangements of the wearer, the African neck rest forms a tribal object decorated with various iconographies embodying spiritual forces believed to influence dreams.

The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled between the Lualaba and Sankuru rivers in the middle of the savannah and forests. They are governed by the yakitengé and by local chiefs. The Bwadi secret society, however, counterbalances their power. Their male masks, with occult ...


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Songye Kalebwe Kikashi mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Songye mask


This African Songye mask, the kikashi, embodies a positive force. The half-closed palpebral slits are stretched toward the temples, with the nose and mouth projecting rectangularly. The reduced naso-frontal crest indicates that this is a female mask. Parallel striations are etched on the white-pigmented surface.
Abraded matte patina. Slightly missing.


Three variants of this mask Kifwebe ( pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death"(Roberts),from the society of the same name, can be distinguished: 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). This type of mask, still used today, seems to come from the border area between the Northern Luba and the Songye ...


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Songye Kikashi Mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Kifwebe Mask

This African mask Songye, the kikashi, embodies a positive force. The palpebral, half-closed slits are stretched towards the temples, nose and mouth in rectangular protruding. The flat naso-frontal crest indicates that it is a female mask. Parallel streaks are engraved on the pigmented white surface.


This variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or 'hunt death' ( Roberts), from the society of the same name, stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest or absent, and finally the greatest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to come from the border area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are worn by a dancer Kifwebe in a state of trance 'bwadi' , ...


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Songye Nkisi fetish statuette
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye Fetish

Wrapped in fragments of cloth that are held together by cords, this African statuette Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )features an interesting stylized head. The features are indeed reminiscent of traditional bifwebe masks. Satin patina. Cracks.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The larger examples are collectively owned by an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or family. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba River. 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 Songyes have ...


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Kilume Songye male 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. 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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Nkisi Songye Kalebwe statue
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African statue Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )of the Songye, which has a head with kifwebe mask features. The prominent abdomen is highlighted by a belt lined with various quolifichets. The magical charge bishimba was probably introduced at the top of the head from which a fragment of animal horn rises. A second horn, attached to the necklace of the fetish, is also charged with sometimes therapeutic ingredients. Shaded gray patina.
These protective fetishes intended for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between god and men, responsible for protecting against various evils. The large examples are the collective property of a whole village, and the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family.

Songye Kalebwe fetish statuette
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye Fetish

This statuette, decorated with skins, pearl necklaces and ropes of vegetable fibers, was moved by stems placed under the arms. The head, from which rises a horn filled with magical substances blocked by fabric, borrows the appearance of the Songye Kifwebe mask.
Thiri variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or "chasser mort" (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest see absent, and finally the greatest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to come from the border area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye.
Neats of various origins were introduced into the abdomen of fetishes, into the horn, sometimes also in bags attached to the loincloth, in order ...


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Songye Kifwebe Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Songye mask

Among the iconic sculptures of African tribal art, this rare version of the African Songye mask, the kikashi, embodies a positive force.
The eyes, narrow and close together, extend toward the temples in diamond-shaped, whitened patterns. The absence of a nasofrontal ridge would indicate that this is a female mask. The pastillage is also unusual, as is the scarified mark on the forehead. A woven raffia strap borders the lower contours.
Abraded matte patina.


Three variants of this mask Kifwebe ( pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death"(Roberts),from the society of the same name, can be distinguished: 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 ...


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Songue Nkishi statue
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye fetish

Among the wide range of songye sculptures, details distinguish this songye statuette such as the horn inserted into the head by the tip, and the tiny metal crown at the top. The magical power of the bankishi,(sing. Nkishi) is supposed to be enhanced by the addition of accessories, talismans, metal elements, seeds, shells. The abdominal cavity is filled with a magical charge that may be composed of therapeutic ingredients. Lustrous patina, desiccation cracks.
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 ...


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Luba/Songye neck support
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African art > Head rest > Songye neck support

A caryatid figure, in a crouching position, supports with his arms widely deployed the tray of this neck support. The effigy is depicted wearing a female songy mask named kikashi, still in use today. This type of mask is worn during initiations with a long suit and a beard made of natural fibers.
ne black-brown oiled. br-Used as a pillow to preserve the user's hair arrangements, the African neck rest forms a tribal object adorned with different iconographies embodying spiritual forces that are supposed to influence dreams. Some Luba regions have also produced sculptures inspired by songye, sharing many traditions with them.

Sye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River in the middle of the savannah and forests. ...


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Songye Nkisi Statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Songye statue

The sculpture features a face reminiscent of the kifwebe masks associated with the Bwadi ka bifwebe society. She is equipped with ritual accessories in the form of a skin bead usually containing a magical charge. A woven raffia loincloth wraps the waist. Libatory residue at the top. Light brown velvety patina, slight desiccation cracks.
The Songye fetish, magical sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The larger specimens are collectively owned by 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 manner. Their history is inseparable from that ...


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Fetish statue Nkisi of Songye
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye Statuette

African statue Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) of Songye, it has a face on which is a broad rictus. The arms are positioned around a protruding abdomen surrounded by a pudding that can contain a magical charge bishimba, and provide a space to carefully grasp the sculpture with metal hooks, as dictated by the use. Semi-mate patina. Erosions on the base.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between God and humans, charged with protecting against different evils. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, and smaller figures belong to an individual or 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 ...


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Fetish statue Nkishi of Songye
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Extravagant feet protrude from the circular promontory on which this fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi), carved in angular volumes, is established. The hands highlight a protruding abdomen, witness to the lineage. A ritual magic charge of organic or vegetable ingredients was usually introduced into the horn at the top. Checkerboard scarifications bear witness to the influence of neighbouring luba. Brown patina nuanced with grey. Kaolin residue.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. Nkisi 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 settle on the left ...





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