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Divine Oracle Katatora/ Kashekesheke Songye (N° 17274)
Sculpture whose curved center forms a support for divination techniques. Its janiform iconography, in relation to kifwebe masks, symbolizes a double question: with regard to the world of the living, and towards ancestors. Medium brown patina, desication cracks.
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The Songye and the neighbouring ethnic groups share many institutions, including those related to divinatory rites. Thus in some areas luba songye-style sculptures were dedicated to divination techniques. The nganga will interpret the signs of movement of objects placed on the flat surface and rubbed on the support, in order to propose a solution to the misfortunes of its client.
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. Kongolo is the mythical ancestor they have in common with the Luba. 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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|Origin||ex-collection suisse P.|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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