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.