Fetish (1) - Wood - Nkisi - Songye - DR Congo

Fetish (1) - Wood - Nkisi - Songye - DR Congo
1st half 20th century - Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear

Ex. private collection - Paris - France
Circa 1930-1940
Dim: 25x11x7 0.44kg

Bl Nkisi Fetish with head turned on the left. Typical carving from the songye ethnic group : slit eyes, hands joined on the swollen abdomen.
Excellent condition,

The Songye are Bantu people of Central Africa established in the Southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, According to the last known figures (1987-1989), they were close to the 428 000 inhabitants, spread over several provinces (Kasai-Occidental and Oriental, Maniema and Katanga); the cities and towns of Kananga, Mbuji Mayi, Kabinda, Gandajika, Lubao, Lusambo, Samba, Kasongo and Kongolo are home to a significant part of this ethnic group.

The male effigy is wearing a native skin skirt and holding the swollen trapeze-shaped abdomen, evoking the clan. The triangular face has slit eyes evoking inwardness are made by two shells, the threatening or talkative mouth is triangular shaped and single-head tapestry nails keep their symbolism secret along the small pyramid-shaped nose and above the eyes.

Lot details
Total nr of items
Indigenous object name
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
DR Congo
1st half 20th century
Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear
Sold with stand
25×11×7 cm
0.44 kg
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