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Ancestor figure - Brass, Wood - Nkishi - Songye - Congo DRC

Ancestor figure - Brass, Wood - Nkishi - Songye - Congo DRC

Songye, nkishi figure
Democratic Republic of Congo
early to mid XXth century
Wood, nails and copper alloy sheets, fabric, vegetal fibers, rope..


The Songye magical statue called Nkishi comes from Congo DRC.

These l statues were used to protect a village, the smaller ones to protect a family or individual use: The ritual “Nganga" priest will give beneficial powers to the figure by adding attributes to the power figure made by the skilled carver.

A finelly carved Songye with a good size.
H 72 cm

provenance: A private collection in Luxembourg, they collected for 40 years.

Object Ancestor figure
Indigenous object name Nkishi
Ethnic group/ culture Songye
Region/ country Congo DRC
Material Brass, Wood
Period Mid 20th century
Condition Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand No
Dimensions 72×15×14 cm
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