Songye statuette, DRC Traditional fetishes... - Lot 7 - Arthema Auction

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Songye statuette, DRC Traditional fetishes... - Lot 7 - Arthema Auction
Songye statuette, DRC Traditional fetishes in African Songye art. This Songye sculpture is a magical statue named Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ). This Songye protective fetish, a tribal sculpture with a protective vocation, features a stylized face reminiscent of the Kifwebe mask. The large, digitized hands highlight the prominent abdomen, a sign of lineage. It is accessorized with raffia bracelets and an animal-skin skirt. The magic charge, absent, was attached to the top of the skull with a nail. Dark brown velvety patina. These protective household fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. The Songye considered them dangerous to handle, so they were moved by rods inserted under the arms. The Nkishi plays the role of mediator between gods and men in African culture. Larger examples are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller figures belong to an individual or a family and are carved according to the nganga's instructions. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated to the Shaba region. Their society is organized along patriarchal lines. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba, to whom they are related through common ancestors. Considered experts in their field, the Songye also supplied the Kuba royal court with fetishes. Ref. : "Art and life in Africa" C.De Roy ; "Le Sensible et la Force" ed. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale 17 x 5 cm
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