Songye Nkisi fetish statuette, DRC Wrapped... - Lot 67 - Arthema Auction

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120 - 180 EUR
Songye Nkisi fetish statuette, DRC Wrapped... - Lot 67 - Arthema Auction
Songye Nkisi fetish statuette, DRC Wrapped in fragments of fabric held together by cords, this African Nkisi statuette , nkishi (pl. mankishi )features an interesting stylized head. The features are reminiscent of traditional bifwebe masks. Satin patina. Cracks 22 x 7 cm The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large examples are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller ones 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 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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