Spectacular Nkishi fetish statue - Songye Basongye - Congo DRC

Description
Spectacular Nkishi fetish statue - Songye Basongye - Congo DRC
1st half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

73 x 19 cm.
4.7 kilograms.
Wood, snake skin, vertebrates of small mammals, horn.

Songye Nkisi fetish statuettes obtain their power from magical substances named Bishimba, inserted in their stomachs and heads.
Furthermore, this figurine is beautifully decorated, which is a sign of power.
Metal plating has been added to the face, in order to increase the force of the piece, probably destined to the protection of a family or a village, given its dimensions. Metallic objects, as well as diverse accessories, are used to emphasise the protective power of the mankisi (singular: nkisi).
The magnificent, smooth and oily patina obtained with palm oil libations, is also remarkable.
Marvellous style and antiquity, nice balance of the volumes.

This figurine was brought back in the 1950s by a school teacher.

Cf. Art et pouvoir: Dans la savane d'Afrique centrale, C. Petridis, 2008.
Cf. La redoutable statuaire songye d'Afrique centrale, F. Neyt, 2009.

Lot details
Object
Spectacular Nkishi fetish statue
Region/ country
Congo DRC
Material
Songye Basongye
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
73×19×0 cm
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