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Songye Nkishi fetish statuette
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Songye Fetish

More realistic than usual, this carved figure Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ),always provided with the top horn in which the magic charge bishimba will probably have been introduced. The power of the fetish would indeed be accentuated by the presence of accessories, jewelry, metal, materials and various elements. Brown to black glossy patina.
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. Their ...


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Kifwebe kikashi mask of Songye
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Atypical by its bridled eyelids, this kikashi, African mask Songye of female type, embodies a positive force. The palpebral, half-closed slits are stretched to the temples, nose and protruding mouth. The large, flat naso-frontal crest indicates that it is a female mask. Fine parallel lines are dug on the bleached surface. Very slight cracks.
This variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or 'chasing 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 ...

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

Modest dimensions for this Kifwebe mask with a base. Total height: 33 cm. Patina mate, erosions.
This types of African Kifwebe masks are listed: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest or absent crest, 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. The Songyes have created impressive statues with powerful features often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories such as feathers, skin and a horn full of magical charge.
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Figure Songye Nkishi
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African statue Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) hermaphrodite of Songye, it has a massive head that supports a ringed neck. The arms are positioned around a protruding abdomen.  The absence of a summit horn is noteworthy. The peculiarity of these fascinating tribal figures most often lies in the angular treatment of the form, the imposing triangular face that takes up here the face of the African mask kifwebe, the mouth cracks spread in grin, and the attitude deported to the front of the bulging belly. Brown patina, slightly sainized. Here, the neck is surrounded by a necklace of colored beads and the protruding abdomen is devoid of magic charge bishimba. The canvas pudding on the hips is supposed to determine the character's rank and does not contain relics. Black wooden base on option. ...


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

This large African Songye mask, the kikashi has protruding, incised and fluent eyelids to the temples, and a reduced naso-frontal crest. The tubular mouth is hollowed out in crosses. Parallel streaks are dug on the surface of the wood, symbolizing the plumage and the connection with death. Mate patina, desication cracks, erosions.
This variants of this Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or 'chasing death' (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. They are worn with a long suit and a long beard made of natural fibers, absent ...


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

Ex-collection Belgian African art.

This intriguing figure with three heads perched on a ringed neck forms a reduced, individual version of the great Nkisi fetishes of the Songye. It has three masked faces of the kifwebe, and the armless morphology is illustrated by stocky, muscular legs resting spread out on a small circular base. Satin black patina. Slight cracks of desiccation. These fetishes of protection intended for housing are among the most prized 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 ...

Songye Kifwebe Kilume Mask
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The surface of this African mask has wide bands of contrasting colors. The ridge of the nose under which nostrils have been pierced extends towards the head of a sagittal crest. The eyelids stretch towards the temples. Like a beak, the parallelepiped mouth protrudes. Patina mate, erosions. Height on a base: 62 cm.
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 ...


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Dancer Figure Songye Kifwebe
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Songye Kifwebe figure

This statue shows a dancer, member of the secret society Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe , in a state of "bwadi" trance, wrapped in a braided costume and a natural fiber ornament attached to the contours of the kifwebe mask. He wears a panty made of animal skin on which remains fur . The appearance of this masked dancer aims to increase fertility. The arms are mobile.
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) generally with a high peak, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low or even absent peak, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still in use today, seems to have come from the border zone between the northern Luba and southeastern ...


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dancer mask Kifwebe Songye figure
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.
This Kifwebe dancer figure wears the African mask Songye, the kikashi, embodying a positive force. The reduced naso-frontal ridge indicates that it is a female mask. Decorated with its raffia collar and a braided integral costume, the dancer wears moreover a fur skirt and sandals out of skin. Imposing raffia beard fixed to the contours of the object.

Songye Kifwebe Kikashi mask
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Among the iconic sculptures of African tribal art, 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 flat nasal-frontal ridge indicates that this is a female mask. Parallel striations are etched on the white-pigmented surface.


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 taller 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 of ...

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

The sculpture, with two faces evoking kifwebe linked to the company Bwadi ka bifwebe is equipped with ritual accessories with a magical purpose in the form of metal elements. A raffia cloth loincloth, stuck in a resin, marks the waist. Eroded wood, missing.
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 that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. Very present in their society, ...


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

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
Sculpture whose base is damaged, it represents a hermaphrodite being whose hands rest on either side of a bulbous abdomen, into which a magical charge is usually introduced. The statuette without its accessories is capped with a curious pointed cap. Semi-satinized smooth patina. These fetishes of protection intended for housing are among the most prized 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. Their history is ...


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

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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Tabouret à caryatide Songye Luhuna
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African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Tabouret Songye

An ostentatious element and symbol of power, this type of seating was frequently used as a pedestal for mankishi fetishes (sing. nkishi). A figure in the image of fetishes, distinguished by its angular protrusions, and endowed with a face bearing the features of the Kifwebe mask, supports the circular tray. These seats were sometimes loaded with a bishimba at the head, umbilical or base. Smooth hot brown patina, erosions and desicit cracks.
In southwestern Congo, and in Angola and Zambia, each chief had a most often female caryatid seat, an image of fertility, fertility and matrilineal parentage. Three variants of the Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or 'chasing death' (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest see ...

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

Divided into wide stripes of previously contrasting colours, this songye mask has an imposing sagittal crest. The eyelids stretch towards the temples. Like a beak, the parallelepiped mouth protrudes. Height on a base: 32 cm. Patina mate, erosions.
This types of African Kifwebe masks are listed: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest or absent crest, 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. The Songyes have created impressive statues with powerful features ...


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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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Large Songye Kifwebe Mask
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This mask with imprecative function, streaked with broad contrasting bands, and whose naso-frontal ridge continues in high summit ridge, would be masculine. To the different areas of these masks (including the beard, the suit and the body of the wearer) is attached a particular symbolism: the mouth for example would embody the beak of a bird and the fire of the sorcerer.
High on a base: 70 cm.
Patine abrased mate, cracks and gaps. br>
This types of African art mask ' Kifwebe (or songy mask) 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). The songye sculptor had a high status within the society bwadi and also produced various objects of ...


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

This male figure, whose head worn by a ringed neck is oriented to the side, was moved by the ritualist thanks to rods placed under the arms. Often accessorized with various quolifichets supposed to accentuate her magical power, she is here devoid. The base is damaged, one of the sjambes is 'gnawed'. Satin black patina.
The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled along the Lualaba River in the middle of the savannah and forests. 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. The Land are a Songye subgroup living near the Luba territories. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover the sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the ...


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Masque Tetela / Songye
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Masque Tetela

The large rictus of this mask reproduces that of some Songye fetishes depicted wearing a Kifwebe mask. A network of fine white-coated engravings, however, are combined with hollowed-out patterns dyed in dark red. Slightly abraded patina.
Eparated in the Kasai Basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of incessant conflicts with their neighbours. They also participated extensively in the slave trade. Their very diverse sculpture is marked by the influence of groups living in contact with them: in the North, their art has been subjected to the influence of forest populations such as the Mongo, in the northwest that of Nkutschu, and in the west that of Binji and Mputu. The traditions Kuba were also a source of inspiration, as were those of the Songye to the southwest. ...


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

African tribal art and ritual fetishes
Statue-fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) anthropomorphic devoid of accessories. The fingers highlight the cup of the umbilical, in which was intriduce a protective magic charge. An animal coren rises to the top, sealing the opening in which ritual elements were also introduced. 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, here resuming the face of the mask kifwebe , and the attitude deported forward from the bulging belly.
Belle glossy golden brown patina. Very light abrasions.

These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large ...

Songye Nkisi fetish statue
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African statue Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) of Songye, dressed in a raffia loincloth, it has a head encrusted with tapestry nails that, according to some authors, relate to the pox. The clan sought to protect itself from the latter through protective sculptures. The top horn that contained the magical charge bishimba or therapeutic ingredients is accessorized here with long braids in human hair. The arms are positioned around a protruding abdomen. Heterogeneous mate patina. 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 ...


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