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Rare Songola statuette, with residues of light pigments on one part of the face and tiny traces of red ochre on the other. These statuettes embody a deceased ancestor of the Nsubi society. Some of the sculptures were reserved for the Songola high ranking officials of the Bwami. Beautiful glossy patina, abrasions from use.
Mixed by marriage with the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola are governed by the elders of the lineages. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye the Luhuna institution composed of dignitaries and that of the Bwami by their lega wives. The Songola live by hunting and fishing, they engage in sculpture although the objects associated with the Bwami cult come from the Lega. Among their reduced statuary, the figures of ancestors of the Nsubi society ...


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Nsindi Songola Mask
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Ex-American African tribal art collection.
Recalling a famous painting by Munch, this flat mask presents a bloodless face, with small circular eyes housed under eyebrow arches carved in heart, and provided with a gaping mouth that seems indeed to emit a cry. Heterogeneous brown patina, granular residues, cracks of desiccation. Height on pedestal: 51 cm.
Mixed by alliance with the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola or Babili , or Goa , are governed by the elders of the lineages. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye the Luhuna institution composed of dignitaries and that of the Bwami by their lega wives. The Songola live from hunting and fishing, they are engaged in sculpture although the objects associated with the cult of the Bwami come from the Lega. Among their ...


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Rare mask of the Songola, whose features spring from an irregular flat surface. It brings together various stylistic indicators of the surrounding tribes, including the eyebrow arches in the heart of the Lega and the quadrangular, toothed mouth, of the Kumu. The forehead is coated with kaolin now chipped, the eyes and mouth are also highlighted by the same clear hold. Satin medium brown patina.
Mtêlés by marriage to the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola are ruled by the elders of the lineages. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye the institution Luhuna composed of dignitaries and that of the Bwami by their Lega wives. The Songola live on hunting and fishing, they are involved in sculpture, although the objects associated with the cult of Bwami come from the Lega. Among their ...


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Nsindi Songola Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Songola Mask

Mixed by marriage to the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola or Babili, or Goa, are ruled by the elders of the lineages. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye the Luhuna institution composed of dignitaries and that of Bwami by their Lega wives. The Songolas live on hunting and fishing, they are involved in sculpture, although the objects associated with the cult of Bwami come from the Lega. Among their reduced statuary, the figures of ancestors of the Nsubi society evoke those of the Mbole, other sculptures were kept in baskets as in the Lega. The masks such as our copy were used during the initiation rites Nsindi.Sculpted in dense wood, its anthropomorphic features combine with the detail of small feline ears appearing in relief above the orbits. Uneven, partially glossy surface, ...


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Cubist geometry for this Songola mask consisting of a flat face arrangement. Its structure is in the form of an inverted triangle front whose edge extends from a slightly curved angle. The latter indicates a nose joining the oblique lying base, the hollowed-out center of which evokes a mouth or even a snout. Reduced to the essentials, the circular openings of the eyes are simply dug into this mask coated with a thick layer of kaolin. Mixed by alliance with the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola are ruled by the elders of the bloodlions. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye the Luhuna institution composed of dignitaries and that of the Bwami by their lega wives. The Songola live hunting and fishing, they engage in sculpture although the objects associated with the cult of Bwami come ...


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