Songye fetish statuette A sculpture with... - Lot 169 - Arthema Auction

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120 - 180 EUR
Songye fetish statuette A sculpture with... - Lot 169 - Arthema Auction
Songye fetish statuette A sculpture with a damaged base, it depicts a hermaphroditic being whose hands rest on either side of a bulbous abdomen, into which a magical charge is usually inserted. The statuette, stripped of its accessories, is topped with a curious pointed cap. Smooth, semi-satin patina 37 x 10 m Base 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 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 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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