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

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. 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. Plateau and base are eroded. Medium-brown patina, studded inlays.br-The Songye 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. They are governed by the Yakitengé and local chiefs. The secret society ...


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Songye Janiform Fetish Statuette
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Songye

Two masks kifwebe, linked to the company Bwadi ka bifwebe , make up the head of this fetish. A ritual accessory in the form of a necklace consisting of a leather pudding reveals fur. A puncture at the top may have been used to fix feathers. This sculpture was moved by metal rods to guard against its power.
Desication Decisions. Glossy patina. Residual white clay inlays.
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 ...

Songye KIfwebe Mask
African art > African mask > Songye Mask

This African Songye mask, the kikashi , has eyelids stretched to the temples, a quadrangular mouth and a reduced naso-frontal crest. Parallel streaks, covered with white clay, embellish the sculpture, symbolizing plumage and the link with death.
Abrasions.
Three variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing the 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 originate from the adjacent 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 on this copy, during the most important ceremonies.


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Songye Kifwebe Mask
African art > African mask > Songye Mask

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
This African mask copy Songye, the kikashi, embodies a positive force and features protruding eyes, hollowed out, stretched towards the temples and a reduced naso-frontal crest. The tubular mouth has an opening. Checkered patterns, bleached, are dug on the surface of the wood. Areas of abrasion and minor gaps are noteworthy. Three variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or ", chasing the mort" (Roberts), of the company 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 and the greatest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to originate from the adjacent area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are ...


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Songye Kifwebe Kilume Mask
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This African mask whose volumes inspired the Cubist artistic movement is engraved with parallel stripes with white pigment. The ridge of the nose under which nostrils were pierced continues in a crest on the top of the head. The globular eyelids extend from grooves to the temples. A parallelepiped mouth advances, forming like a whisper calling for the silence of the initiates. A raffia collar is attached to the rim holes. Satin patina.
Three types of Kifwebe African art mask are listed: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest or absent crest, and finally the greatest 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 ...


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Songye reliquary basket
African art > African Reliquary > Songye reliquary basket

Former Belgian private collection of African art Jan Putteneers.

In the centre of the room, there is a songye statuette with a face reminiscent of Kifwebe masks. This facies is also similar to that very geometric of some Nkisi protective fetishes.
The statuette is attached to a small terracotta clask itself placed among a multitude of offerings and libations accompanying a tangle of materials and strings.

The Songyes have created impressive statues with powerful features are often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories such as feathers, skin and a horn full of magic charge.
Very present in their society, divination allowed to discover the sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals.


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Fetish Songye Nkishi Kalebwe
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African art > African fetish > Statue Songye

This powerful effigy, accessorized with feathers, ropes and raffia textile, was moved by stems placed under the arms. The head from which rises a horn filled with magical substances and consolidated with a clay aggregate encrusted with pearls, is in the shape of the Mask Songye Kifwebe. Three variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or "Chasing the 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 largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to originate from the adjacent area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. Various ingredients were introduced into the statue's abdomen, into the horn, sometimes also in pouches attached to the ...

Masquette Songye
African art > African mask > Songye Mask

Named kikashi, this miniature version of the Songye African mask has classic features. The ridge here is pierced with holes. Parallel furrows, encrusted with white kaolin, adorn the surface of the wood, symbolizing plumage and the link with death.
Patine abraded by time and use, dry and velvety. Slight gaps.
Height on a pedestal: 30 cm.
Three variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or "Chasing the 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 largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to originate from the adjacent area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are worn with a long suit and a long beard ...


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Songye janiform protective charm
African art > African fetish > Songye Charm

Among their array of amulets, fetishes and tribal statues, this small bust statuette was supposed to provide individual protection of the Songye against any kind of bad fate, to promote their wealth and fertility. The faces echo the features of the famous kifwebe sculpted mask. Magical substances are probably enclosed at the base that a strip of oiled textile clogs. 18 cm on its pedestal. Abrasions and shrapnel.
The Songye 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. They are governed by the yakitengé and by local leaders. The secret society Bwadi however, counterbalances their power. Their male masks, with occult powers, were displayed during punitive and disciplinary expeditions. Their ...


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Fétiche Songye Nkisi
African art > African Statues > Songye Fetish

African tribal art and ritual fetishes
Statue-fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) anthropomorphic, its broad forearms are positioned around a protruding abdomen at the center of which the umbilical, hollowed out in cupule, received a cup Magic charge. Decorated with multicolored round and tubular pearl necklaces, in connection with the necklace symbol of the seven-year cycle of the association of bukishi , it is also dressed in a raphia loincloth. A cushion wrapped in reptile skin, perhaps the tail of the animal, is attached under its rib cage. At the top of his skull stands a horn, sealing the opening in which ritual elms 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 ...


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Statuette Nkishi Songye
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African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

The Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ) is a protective fetish of the Songye, a tribal sculpture with a protective vocation. This small copy, dressed in a textile loincloth with raffia ties, wears the Kifwebe mask. Cavities or discrete orifices on the sculptures housed ingredients for apotropaic purposes. In this case the elements are inserted into the pudding tied on the bust of the figure. The digitized hands are arranged around a protruding abdomen, witness to the lineage, in which the magic charge bajimba is absent. Chocolate satin patina.
These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans in the African culture. Large copies are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to ...


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Songye Kifwebe Mask
African art > African mask > Kifwebe Mask

Named kikashi , this African Songye mask has classic features. However, the ridge is dug along its entire length by a wide rib pierced with holes. Parallel furrows, encrusted with white kaolin, adorn the surface of the wood, symbolizing plumage and the link with death. Areas of abrasion, and cracks are noteworthy. Internal alterations. Skate abraded by time and use, dry and velvety.
Three variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or "Chasing the 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 largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to originate from the adjacent area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are worn ...


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Songye Fetish Statue
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The spectacular fetishes of African Songye art.
In the centre of the bouquet of feathers that make up the headdress of our fetish, a sheep horn rises. Among the extra magic accessories with specific virtues, the brass elements nailed to the face and the triple necklace of white beads. A magical statue named Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi), this protective ritual sculpture, dressed in a carefully woven raffia loincloth, frequently features magical elements ( bajimba) inserted into the horns or abdomen. The head takes up the structure and features of the mask kifwebe on a ringed neck. These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. The Songye considered them dangerous to handle, which is why they were moved with rods inserted under their arms. Nkishi plays the role ...


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Songye neck support
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A caryatid female figure holds the tray of this neck rest with her widely deployed arms. The legs apart, with massive feet, enhance the detailed sexual organs while visually balancing the sculpture. The effigy is depicted wearing a female songye mask named kikashi, still used today. This type of mask is worn during initiations with a long suit and beard made of natural fibers.
The back of the piece has a long crack of desication, the tray is eroded. Medium brown speckled patina, ocrée inlays.
The Songye 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. They are governed by the yakitengé and local leaders. The secret society Bwadi, however, counterbalances their power. Their male masks, ...


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Statuette Songye Nkisi, Nkishi
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Ex-French African art collection, estimated in the auction room at 400 euros.
The Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) is a protective fetish of the Songye, tribal sculpture with a protective vocation. A raphia cloth forms a thick loincloth. A horn, in which magical elements ( bajimba) were introduced, rises from its skull. Other cavities on the statues could also hold apotropaic ingredients. The digitized hands support a protruding abdomen, witnessing the lineage. Satin patina. Base on request not included. These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans in the African culture. Large copies are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the ...

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Songye janiform fetish statuette
African art > African Statues > Songye Fetish

These Songye fetishes sculpted back-to-back in the wood present the invariable features of the magical statues produced by the ethnic group: frontal position, legs spread semi-flexed, arms bent against a bust whose abdomen forms a protrude. The faces take the form of the kifwebe masks linked to the company Bwadi ka bifwebe. The figures were probably stripped of ritual accessories of origin horns, beads, bags of various amalgams, metallic elements. The ravinewood reinforces the unusual aspect of the object.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large copies 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 ...


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Great Mask Songye Kifwebe
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African art > African mask > Songye Mask

This mask with an imprecative function, streaked with bleached grooves, and whose naso-frontal ridge continues in high frontal ridge, would be masculine. The different areas of these masks (including the beard, the costume and the body of the wearer) attach a particular symbolism: the mouth for example would embody the beak of a bird and the fire of the sorcerer.
Natural matte patina of white clay, red and black ochre. br-
Three types of African art mask "Kifwebe" (or songye mask) are listed: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would have a more modest crest or absent, and finally the largest embodying power (nd). The Songye sculptor had a high status within the society bwadi and also produced various objects of pageantry, but also of daily ...


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Statuette Songye
African art > African Statues > Songye Fetish

The traditional fetishes in African Songye art.This Songye sculpture is a magical statue named Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi). This protective fetish of the Songye, tribal sculpture with a protective vocation, has a stylized face reminiscent of the features of the Kifwebe mask. The large digitized hands highlight the abdominal prominence, a witness to lineage. It is accessorized with raffia bracelets and an animal skin skirt. The magic charge, absent, was attached to the top of the skull by a nail.
Dark brown velvety patina.
These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. The Songye considered them dangerous to handle, which is why they were moved with rods inserted under their arms. Nkishi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans in the African ...


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Songye Kifwebe Mask
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African art > African mask > Songye Mask

This item of songye African mask, the kikashi, features hollowed-out palpebral slits, stretched towards the temples and a flat naso-frontal crest, in the form of a rib on which some blackish pigments remain. The protruding mouth was raised with a red light. Parallel furrows, encrusted with white kaolin, adorn the surface of the wood, symbolizing plumage and the link with death. Areas of abrasion and a break on the back of the mask are noteworthy. The patina is dry and velvety. Three variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or "Chasing the 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 largest embodying the (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to originate from ...


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Songye Kikashi Mask
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This copy of Songye African mask, the kikashi , has eyelids stretched towards the temples and a reduced naso-frontal crest. The tubular mouth has an opening. Parallel streaks alternately found with black, red and white pigments adorn the surface of the wood, symbolizing plumage and the link with death.
Mate patina abraded.
Three variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or "Chasing the 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 largest embodying the (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to originate from the adjacent area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are worn with a long suit and a long beard made of natural fibers, ...


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Songye Nkishi Fetish
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The traditional fetishes in the African art of the Songye.
This metal-plated Songye sculpture, sacralized by the nganga , is awe-down with many magical and symbolic elements, such as metal bells and balls, shells and pearls, ropes, leather bags, raffia loincloth, feathers, mammalian skins. Tribal statue named Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), it forms a protective fetish of the Songye. Its blue tubular pearl necklaces are associated with the seven-year cycle of the initiation association of bukishi . A horn, in which magical elements ( bajimba) were introduced, rises from its skull. The large digitized hands highlight the abdominal prominence marked by a metal capsule, witness to the lineage. The appearance of the fetish has been enhanced, with its head facing side, thanks to a ...


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