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Songye fetish (N° 23171)

Magical nkishi (pl. mankishi) sculpture of the Songye whose face resembles the features of kifwebe masks. Depending on the case, she would also be in charge of the bishimba lodged in the horn or in the bead surrounding the bust. For the Songye, the addition of various accessories, metal, trinkets, etc... reinforced the "power" of the fetish. Glossy patina. Erosions and cracks.

These protective 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 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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690.00 € 552.00 ( -20.0 %) 
Possibility of payment in3x (3x 184.0 €)

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OriginEx-collection P. Decoster
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, textile, corne et peau animale
Height cm25
Width7 cm
Weight0.31 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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