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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
African art > Head rest > Songye neck support

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 ...

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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African art > African mask > Songye Mask

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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Fetish Songye Nkishi Kalebwe
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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 ...

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

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 ...

Small currency Songye Kabengele
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In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cauris, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, including iron in particular. These primitive currencies were used in trade, social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also come from parade objects or throw weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued against iron bars named barriferri . In 1556 in Djenné Jean-Léon the African observed that the people used iron to pay " things of little value". The king generally controlled the production or delivery of the kingdom's currency. The variety of these metallic forms is wide, and these sometimes take on the appearance of particularly aesthetic non-figurative sculpture. This miniature hoe named Kabengele (pl. Tubengele) was used ...


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Statue Songye Kalebwe
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African art > African Statues > Songye Fetish

The brass nails, inserted on the face of this sculpture of African art, covered with strips of oxidized copper, would evoke small pox. 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 it was present, 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. However, this copy is devoid of accessories, having not yet been activated by the nganga, or having been desecrated. The face of the man is both reminiscent of the kifwebe mask. The massive volumes, bounded by sharp angles, lend a robust ...


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Songye Fetish Statue
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African art > African Statues > Songye Fetish

Three faces formed from the mask Kifwebe (sing.) make up the head of our fetish Songye which, instead of the summit horn, has the high crest of the mask kia ndoshi , meaning its power. The masks Bifwebe for members of the Bwadi Bwa have parallel grooves, bleached, evoking the antelope but also the initiation path. The fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) is represented classically, the digitized hands placed on either side of the umbilical which is most often encrusted with a magical charge bishimba . The character is also draped in a cotton loincloth from which protrude wide feet.
The sculpture is coated with a dark brown patina punctuated with ochre residual inlays.
These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. They could not be touched directly, ...


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Statuette Kusu ou Songye
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The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba have indeed borrowed the artistic traditions of the Luba and Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of the luba .  The Hemba settled in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba River. Formerly under the rule of the Luba , these farmers and hunters practice the worship of ancestors by means of effigies long attributed to the Luba.The statues singiti were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Alongside the authority of hereditary chiefs, secret, male societies such as bukazanzi , and women, bukibilo , played a big role within the clan.
This statuette also recalls the productions of Songye and Nsapo, equipped with horns in which a magic charge was ...


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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 Fetish
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The fetishes in the African art of Songye.Magic sculpture named Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), it is a protective fetish of the Songye, hybrid character with owl face, symbolizing the powers of witchcraft. The streaks of the face recall the appearance of the Mask Kifwebe of Luba and Songye. The large digitized hands highlight the abdominal prominence, a witness to lineage. This type of object deemed dangerous was manipulated by iron rods inserted under the arms of the sculpture. Abraded brown skate. These housing protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. They could not be touched directly, which is why they were held with rods. Nkishi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans in the African culture. Large copies are the collective property of an entire village, ...


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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 Protective Fetish
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Fascinating fetishes of African art Songye
This tribal figure Songye, in oriental style, has acquired the face of the mask Kifwebe (sing.) on a long ringed neck. The masks Bifwebe for members of the Bwadi Bwa have parallel grooves, bleached, evoking the antelope but also the initiation path. The fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) is represented classically, the digitized hands placed on either side of the magic charge bishimba inserted in the abdominal protrusion. Asked a necklace of white and blue pearls, in connection with the necklace symbol of the seven-year cycle of the association of bukishi , the character is also draped in a raphia loincloth from which protrude wide feet. Ritual ingredients have also been added by the nganga in the accessorized summit horn of ...


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Favorite statue Songye Nkisi
African art > African Statues > Statue Nkondi

African statue Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) feminine Songye, it features a massive head offering geometric features. The arms are positioned around a protruding abdomen.  The peculiarity of these fascinating tribal figures most often lies in the angular treatment of the form, the imposing triangular face that here takes up the appearance of the African mask kifwebe, the rictus formed by the mouth, and the attitude deported forward of the bulging belly. In this case the magic charge bishimba is studded by a fragment of red textile.
Brown patina, peeled.
These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between God and humans, charged with protecting against different evils. Large copies are the collective property of an ...


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