Songye fetish statue, DRC Devoid of accessories,... - Lot 31 - Arthema Auction

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120 - 180 EUR
Songye fetish statue, DRC Devoid of accessories,... - Lot 31 - Arthema Auction
Songye fetish statue, DRC Devoid of accessories, this Nkisi fetish, nkishi (pl. mankishi )is vigorously carved, revealing the adze strokes. Individual fetishes were sometimes carved by non-professionals, the owners themselves. Satiny brown patina. Abrasions 30 x 8 cm These protective household fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Larger specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while more modest figures are reserved for 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 along patriarchal lines. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba, to whom they are related through common ancestors. The Songyes have created impressive statues with powerful features, often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories such as feathers, skin and a horn full of magical charge. Very much a part of their society, divination was used to discover sorcerers and shed light on the causes of misfortunes that befell individuals.
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