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Fetish statue Nkishi of Songye
African art > African fetish > Statue Songye

Angular volumes form this androgynous anthromorphic sculpture. Always intriguing by the diversity of their magical paraphernalia, the African fetishes mankishi (plu.) of Songye, specialists in the field. The summit horn, usually loaded with bishimba in which magic ingredients mingle, springs here in the center of the headdress. The various magical accessories, added by the ritualist named nganga , are made up of necklaces, inlays of upholstery nails, and ropes as loincloths. Each of them played a role in protecting themselves from witchcraft. Patine mate. Cracks.

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 ...


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Oracle de divination Luba/Songye Katatora
African art > African fetish > Oracle Katatora

Divinatory tool to communicate with ancestors. Incorporating the category of objects nkisi , nkishi , this sculpture was attributed to a secret power because it formed the receptacle of a spiritual energy. The Luba, like their neighbors Songye, use this type of objects related to the divination kashekesheke named katatora and lubuko. According to François Neyt, the object was carved from wood (kibekwasa ) with magical properties. During the interview, the ring was caught by the soothsayer and his client, who dragging it onto a mat or headrest in response to the questions asked (producing the sound of 'kashekesheke', 'extracting the truth'). The figurative motif here consists of a head with eyes encrusted with cured and capped with braids gathered backwards in hulls. Chocolate satin ...

Songye Nkisi fetish statuette
African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

Originally from Shaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Songye are related to the Luba with whom they share common ancestors. This anthropomorphic sculpture, sporting a metallic thread wrapped around the wrist and a fragment of skin under the chest, retains the specificities of songye statuary, with the facies of a Kifwebe mask, the bulging belly without a ventral load bishimba, the stocky legs, apart, semi-reshuffed, supported by wide feet. The charge was likely introduced into the summit horn.
The Kuba did not produce fetishes, they bought them from their neighbours Songye, considered experts in the field. Since the object could not be touched, it was inserted with iron rods or hooks under the arms to move it. These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular ...


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Songye Kifwebe Kilume Mask
African art > African mask > Songye Mask

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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Two-headed Songye Horn
African art > African fetish > Songye Horn

Among the most unlikely objects of curiosity, this ritual horn Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi) is equipped with two heads highlighted in animal fur. The faces are directed in opposite directions, symbolizing the double view of the medium. A magic charge bishimba was probably introduced at the end of the horn, clogged. An internal chain resonates against the walls of the horn, producing a tingle with each move of the object. Oiled dark patina.
Hightop: 30 cm Length: 27 cm.
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 ...


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Songye Kifwebe Mask
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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 figurative dignitary stick
African art > Commander stick > Songye septer

Similar in design to the Kibangos of the neighbouring Luba, this Songye scepter is divided into several sections between which appears a sculpted representation of the fetishes in use within the group. Oiled black patina.
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 Bwadi however, counterbalances their power. Their male masks, with occult powers, were displayed in punitive and disciplinary expeditions. Their appearances remained linked to divinatory and socio-political objectives. (Luba, F. Neyt)


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Songye fetish statuette
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African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

Originally from Shaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Songye are related to the Luba with whom they share common ancestors. An anthropomorphic figure of the type nkishi foreful of ritual adornments, it retains the specificities of the Songye statuary, endowed with the face of the Kifwebe mask, and a bulging belly on which lay long fingers extending the hands of graceful arms. The magic charge bishimba is inserted here at the top of the skull, sealed by a resin, and under the chest in a small bulge of skin.
Light BrownPatine.
The Songye, considered experts in the field, supplied their kuba neighbors who did not produce fetishes. Since the object could not be touched, it was inserted with iron rods or hooks under the arms to move it. These protective fetishes for homes ...


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Fetish statue Nkishi Songye
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African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

Always intriguing by the diversity of their magic paraphernalia, the African fetishes of Songye, specialists in the field: Ingredients of various origins were introduced in the abdomen of fetishes, in the horn, sometimes also in pouches attached to the loincloth, in order to strengthen the power of the object. Textiles, feathers and necklaces were also necessary attributes to guard against witchcraft.
The summit horn is absent on this work which is disitngue by its skin cloak and its mouth and abdomen that reveal broken horns and animal teeth. Patine mate.
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 ...

Fetish statuette Nkisi Songye
African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

African statuette Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) of Songye, this tribal fetish has a sculpted head in the image of the Songye's Kifwebe mask. The arms are absent, highlighting a tubular, narrow bust, and the horns concealing the magical charges bishimba also. However, cords and raffia are wrapped around the neck and hips of the figure. Wood exuding a matte oily patina, speckled with kaolin residue. Very slight cracks.
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 ...


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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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Kifwebe mask of Songye
African art > African mask > 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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Statue of ancestor Songye
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African art > African fetish > Statue Songye

Lacking magical accessories, this African sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) depicts an ancestor standing frontally on a circular base. The hands highlight an abdomen whose hollowed-out prominence enhances the umbilical. The face recalls the face of the Kifwebe mask by the grimacing mouth, protruding, and the wide eyeballs. Glossy dark patina. Desication cracks.
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 is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history ...


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Songye Kifwebe Mask
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African art > African mask > KIfwebe Mask

African Mask of Songye, the kikashi , it offers protruding eyes, hollowed out, stretched towards the temples and a naso-frontal ridge that boils down to a rib. The parallelepiped mouth has an orifice. Parallel streaks are dug on the surface of the wood, symbolizing the plumage and the connection with death.
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 on this copy, during the ...


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

Originally from Shaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Songye are related to the Luba with whom they share common ancestors. All sober, this anthropomorphic figure devoid of ritual adornments retains the specifics of the Songye statuary, with the appearance of the Kifwebe mask, the bulging belly without ventral charge bishimba in this case, on which come to rest hands, stocky legs, spread, semi-flexed, supported by broad feet with a circular base. The Kuba did not produce fetishes, they procured them from their Songye neighbours, considered experts in the field. Since the object could not be touched, it was inserted with rods or iron hooks under the arms to move it. These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods ...


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Songye Nkisi fetish statuette
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African art > African fetish > 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 ...


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Grand fétiche Songye Nkisi
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African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi s role as a 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 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, bijimba . Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover the sorcerers and to ...

Fetish statuette Nkisi of Songye
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African art > African Statues > Songye Fetish

Fetish statue Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) anthropomorphic without accessories, represented in a classical attitude. The particularity of these objects usually lies in the angular treatment of the shape, the imposing triangular face whose chin blends into the beard, the cracks of the mouth raised in rictus, and the attitude deported forward the bulging belly. Oversized feet are also a recurring detail. Absence of the summit horn.
restal satinpatine. Desication cracks and wood abrasions.

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 ...

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Songye KIfwebe Mask
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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 Kilume Mask
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African art > African mask > Songye 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 a sagittal crest. The eyelids stretch towards the temples. A parallelepiped mouth protrudes like a beak. Patina mate, kaolin abrasions. Desication crack on the ridge.
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 ...


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Oracle de divination Luba/Songye Katatora
African art > Usual african items > Oracle Songye

This African sculpture is a tool used by the soothsayer during divination rituals in order to communicate with ancestors. Incorporating the category of objects nkisi , nkishi , it is supposed to be endowed with a secret power, receptacle of a spiritual energy. The Luba, like their neighbors Songye, use this type of objects related to the divination kashekesheke named katatora and lubuko. According to François Neyt, the object was carved from wood (kibekwasa ) with magical properties. During the interview, the ring was caught by the soothsayer and his client, who dragging it onto a mat or headrest in response to the questions asked (producing the sound of 'kashekesheke', 'extracting the truth'). The figurative motif here consists of a miniature of the kifwebe female mask of the mask ...





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