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Songye Fetish (N° 16535)

Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
This statuette is the result of cooperation between the nganga, the sculptor and the client. Sculpted according to the instructions of the ritual priest, the figure intended for the client is then encased with the elements bishimba intended to counter any evil force. In the case of the ci-versus fetish, the abdomen was hollowed out. The horns remain in number of three, of various sizes, an orifice is filled with textiles. The face is studded with upholstery nails. In African culture, metal has magical, therapeutic and apotropaic properties. The face that adopts the features of a middle-aged man recalls both the kifwebe mask. Dark satin patina.
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 migrated from the Shaba region to Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. 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. 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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Originex-collection Mercier
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, cornes animales
Height cm45
Width19 cm
Weight1.15 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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