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Songye mask
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African polychrome mask offering a certain "cubist" structure. The center is carved with large eyelids placed obliquely, extended by a geometric nose and mouth. The lower part of the face continues in a very slightly concave flat tint. Deep colored grooves emphasize the volume of the skull and the flatness of the cheeks.
The term Kifwebe designates the mask, the society of masks, and the wearer of the mask belonging to the male secret society bwadi bwa kifwebe which ensured the social control. Matte polychrome patina, erosions. Cracks.
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba, in Katanga and Kasai. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes ...


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Songye figure
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African sculpture magical nkishi (pl. mankishi ) of the Songye whose face has appropriated the features of African masks kifwebe. 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... would reinforce the "power" of the fetish. Golden brown patina.

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, the reduced 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 ...


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Songye Fetish
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Ex-collection African tribal art French.
This fetish statuette is the result of cooperation between the nganga, the artisan and the client. Treated according to the indications of the ritual priest, the figure intended for the client is then loaded with the bishimba elements intended to counter any evil force. The head is studded with tapestry nails, a likely reference to the pox. In African culture, metal is endowed with magical, therapeutic and apotropaic properties. The physiognomy, which adopts the features of a middle-aged man, recalls both thekifwebe mask.
Satin black brown patina.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) , plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property ...


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Songye Fetish
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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 ...


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Songye fetish
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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 ...


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Songye mask
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The tight plan of the cheeks here contrasts powerfully with the spherical volume of the skull, projecting the nose and the mouth block. The gradual widening of the neck further enhances the mouth, the center of which bears fleshy lips. Letting you imagine plumage, the striated, variegated planes emphasize volumes and features, increasing the visual effect tenfold.
Matt patina, erosions.
Height on base: 52 cm.
Three types of African Kifwebe masks are listed: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest or even absent crest, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society is organized ...


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Songye mask
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The asymmetry of long split eyelids delimiting the oblique plane of the face gives a fascinating character to this Songye mask. The lines in relief are concentrated under a high crest, the upper volume of the mask being privileged. Abraded matte patina, irregular surface and desication cracks.
Height on base: 57 cm. Three types of Kifwebe masks are listed: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest or even absent crest, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to which they are related through common ancestors. Also used by the Luba, worn with a long ...


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Songye statue
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Carved in dense wood, the magic charge lodged in the summit horn, this traditional African fetish offers two opposite faces reproducing the African mask kifwebe. Although this statue has unusual details, its structure characterizes classical Songye sculpture.
Glossy dark patina. Desication cracks.
The fetish Songye, magic sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, the more modest figures reserved for individual or family use.
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle in 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 ...


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Songye statue
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African fetish of the Songye whose face takes up the structure of the kifwebe mask of the Bwadi ka bifwebe society, but whose hairstyle is embellished with small horns. The sculpture is "desacralized", absence of ritual accessories and of the magic charge whose reddish traces testify to the existence. Black satin patina, cracks and traces of xylophages now eradicated.

The fetish Songye, magic sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi), 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 in Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their ...


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Songye statue
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Originally from Shaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Songye are related to the Luba with whom they share common ancestors. This large fetish is devoid of its ventral charge bishimba and has for only ornaments, specificities of Songye statuary, an animal horn introduced at the top, and metal slats and nails on the face, reference probable to the ravages of the pox. The ears, hollowed out, are also symbolically filled with tufts of hair.
The Kuba did not produce fetishes, they obtained them from their Songye neighbors, who were considered experts in the field. Rods or iron hooks were introduced under the arms in order to move them. These protective fetishes with magical charges are called nkisi and play in African culture the role of mediator between gods and men. The ...


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Songye statue
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Carved from a single block of carefully selected wood, equipped with its multiple accessories and ritual talismans consecrated by the nganga, this fetish sculpture presents a fascinating face reproducing the kifwebe mask of the Bwadi ka bifwebe society. . The bishimba magic charge, intended for protection, is generally lodged in the abdomen and in the summit horn. Reptile skin covers the head and forms the loincloth of the statue.
The fetish Songye, magic sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi), 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 in Kasai, Katanga and South ...


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Songye figure
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African fetish Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi) of the Songye whose face reproduces the mask of the kifwebe. Meticulously made, the sculpture meets the criteria associated with this type of object, the accessories being supposed to reinforce its effectiveness.
Shiny patina, grainy agglomerates, ocher residues.
These fetishes of protection against various evils would play the role of mediator between god and men. The large sculptures are the collective property of an entire village, and 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 which they are ...


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Kishi Fetish
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This statuette is the result of the 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 charged with the bishimba elements intended to counter any evil force. The face is plated with copper slats. In African culture, metal has magical, therapeutic and apotropaic properties. Ritual ingredients were also introduced into the abdomen (bishimba) into 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 face of the man is both reminiscent of the kifwebe mask. The volumes bounded by sharp angles lend a robust appearance to the ...


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Songye Skeleton
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Songye or Luba sculpture depicting a skeleton, not accompanied by information on the function of the object.
Satin brown patina. Cracks.
The fetish Songye, magic sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi), 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 in 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 made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that ...


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Songye mask
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This African mask Songye, the kikashi, offers here an almost vertical plane of the cheeks, giving a rather compact impression. The arc of the half-closed eyelids is underlined with red ochre, while areas of arcuate streaks and oblique grooves alternate on the face. The crest outlined in black is present but modest. The mouth treated in cube has an internal curve. Damaged edges, abraded matte patina.


Three variants of this mask Kifwebe ( pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death" (Roberts), from the society of the same name, are distinguished: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low or absent crest, and finally the tallest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, seems to come from the border zone between ...


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Songye Nkisi fetish statuette
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This carved figure Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )is embellished with feathers at the place where the top horn used to be. Her angular face is powerfully expressive. The magic charge bishimba was introduced into the skull cavity if the abdomen did not have it. The power of the fetish would be further enhanced by the presence of accessories, metal rings in this case. Light wood coated with a locally abraded black patina.
These protection 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 sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left ...

Songye Mask
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This mask with an imprecative function, streaked with bleached grooves, would be feminine. The different areas of this type of mask (including the beard, the costume and the body of the wearer) attach a particular symbolism: the mouth for example would embody the beak of a bird and the fire of the sorcerer. The mask is always fitted with its plant fiber sill.
Filmed matte patina, red and black ochre highlights. br-
The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled along the Lualaba River in the middle of the savannah and forests. They are governed by the yakitengé and by local leaders. The secret society Bwami however, counterbalances their power. Their male masks, with occult powers, were displayed during punitive and disciplinary expeditions. Their appearances ...


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Songye fetish figure
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A mediator object of a rare type, loaded with symbolic accessories and a twisted metal rod intended to grip the fetish. A thick, orange, crusty patina covers the sculpture.
The Songye fetish, a magical sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The larger specimens are collectively owned by 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 in Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. Their society is organized in a patriarchal manner. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. Divination is very present in their society and allowed them to discover sorcerers and to shed ...


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Songye figure
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Sculpted figure Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ) whose face with the features of the kifwebe mask is underlined with metal sheets. The statue is equipped with a bishimba magic charge inserted into the cavity of the skull. Various addendums, metal, jerks, etc. were additionally supposed to enhance the power of the fetish.
Semi-matte dark patina. Desication 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 ...


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Songye fetish
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African fetish Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ) whose top horn, inserted by the point, is blocked by a cushion made of fabric. In the hollowed-out umbilicus was also lodged a magic charge bishimba. The bulbous face is pierced with cowrie shells, and the treatment of the fingers recalls that of the beard.
Dark brown satin patina. Lacks.
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 ...


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Songye Stool with Janiform Leg
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In the south-west of the Congo, and in Angola and Zambia, each chief had a seat whose foot consisted of a female caryatid, an image of fecundity, fertility, and filiation. matrilineal. However, it is a kifwebe mask which replaces the caryatid here. This type of seat could also serve as a pedestal for Songye mankishi (sing. nkishi) fetishes. The seat here is concave. These seats were sometimes charged with a bishimba at the level of the head, the umbilicus or in the base.
Golden beige satin patina. Cracks and slight losses.
The Songye came from the Shaba region in the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River in the middle of savannah and forests. They are governed by the yakitenge and by local chiefs. The Bwadi secret society, however, counterbalances ...


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