H= 27cm with horn, 31 cm on the custom made wood base.
Estimated Age: around 1900-1930.
CONDITION: light brown wood. a horn inserted on top, a copper nail on the forehead, and two on the cheeks ( one missing the upper round part of the nail ). The head is darker due to libation remains, and the fact the lower part has been handled extensively to do the divination.
Provenance: Gaethan Schoonbroodt, Verviers.
Katatora Divination oracle - Songye - Congo
Used in the Kashekesheke divination rituals, the Katatora is used by the diviner to bring justice and to heal. In general, the Katatora is also named "Luboko", a word used for all Songye divination objects. They are related on the Nkishi ritual objects, the well-known statues for their protective power.
The oracle was held by the diviner and his client, various manipulations were then carried out. The statue has a ring-shaped trunk that allows the client and the diviner to hold it in one hand. ( courtesy art-africain-traditionne)
Songye power objects are associated with divination are prevalent in Western collections and much sought after.
The Songye tribe was discovered quite early by Frobenius, who visited southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1906-1907,
The creator god of the Songye is Efile, although sacrifices are not made directly to him. Much attention is focused on familial ancestors, to whom sacrifices are made to encourage the well-being of the individual and the family.
A quite seldom and old Songue divination object coming from the Gaethan Schoonbroodt collection in Verviers.