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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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Fetish Songye Kifwebe
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African art > African Statues > Songye Fetish

Devoid of the horn that rose from its skull, this anthropomorphic sculpture offers the peculiarity of a cylindrical bust, without arms, extended by a ringed neck bearing a massive head to the features of the large kifwebe mask of Songye. The latter has projection strokes. At the top remain resinous drippings mixed with ritual kaolin. A recurrence: oversized feet protruding from the circular base. Semi-mate patina, velvety. Abrasions, erosions and 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 ...


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Songye Shield
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Shield used by the company bwadi ka bifwebe , whose sculpted motif shows the mask Kifwebe . Two-tone matte patina. Abrasions.
Thirst variants of this Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or 'hunt 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 most important ceremonies. The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River amidst savannah and forests. They are governed ...


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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 ...


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Songye Nkisi fetish statuette
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Songye African art.
The Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) is a protective fetish of the Songye, tribal sculpture with a protective vocation. A horn, in which magical elements ( bajimba) were introduced, rises from its skull. Other cavities on the statues could also hold apotropaic ingredients. The large digitized hands support a protruding abdomen, a witness to the lineage. The wicker-like loincloth with dried bark is made of animal skin. The sculpture is slightly asymmetrical. Dull light brown skate.
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 ...

Kifwebe Songye Ngabo Shield
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Ancient shield used by the company bwadi ka bifwebe , whose sculpted motif shows the mask Kifwebe . These shields were symbolically hung from the walls of the mask storage box called kiobo . Mate velvety patina. Abrasions.
Thirst variants of this Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or 'hunt 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 most important ceremonies. The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled ...


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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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Songye Kifwebe Mask
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African art > African mask > Songye Mask

This copy of Songye African mask, the kikashi, features protruding, hollowed-out eyes, stretched towards the temples and a reduced naso-frontal crest. The parallepipeed mouth has an orifice. Parallel streaks are dug on the surface of the wood, symbolizing the plumage and the connection with death. Areas of abrasion and a crack at the top are noteworthy. Three 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 ...


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Songye Kifwebe Mask
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African art > African mask > Songye Mask

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 worn by a dancer Kifwebe in a trance ...


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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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Statue of ancestor Songye
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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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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 ...


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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 fetish statue
African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

African statue Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) of Songye, it has a massive head offering geometric features, like the kifwebe mask. The arms are positioned around a protruding abdomen pointing above a raffia loincloth, and provide a space to carefully grasp the sculpture with metal hooks, as dictated by the custom. On this copy the magic charge bishimba was probably introduced to the top of the head, sealed by a small horn in the center of a leather washer.
Brown, oiled, usual abrasions. Large desication cracks. Impaired 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 ...


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Songye Kalebwe fetish statuette
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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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Masked dancer figure Kikashi Songye
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This statue depicts a dancer, a member of the secret society Bwadi Bwa Kifwébé , in a state of transse bwadi, dressed in a braided suit and a natural fiber adornment attached to the contours of the female-style mask. The skirt is made of animal skin, on which remains a little fur. The appearance of this masked dancer is intended to increase fertility. The arms are mobile.
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. The ...


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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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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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Songye KIfwebe Mask
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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/Luba Fetish
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The African art of Songye, stylistic creativity
The Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi) consists of a protective fetish of Songye, a protective tribal sculpture. This rare, stylized copy is depicted wearing a raffia-cloth loincloth and wears the Kifwebe Luba mask that appeared at funerals and investitures. Cavities or discrete orifices on the sculptures housed ingredients with apotropaic purposes. In this case the magic charge was inserted into the summit horn. Disproportionate hands rest on either side of a protruding abdomen, witnessing lineage. Chocolate satin patina. Kongolo is said to be the mythical ancestor common to Songye and Luba, which have similar traditions. Protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods ...


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Songye janiform protective charm
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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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