SONGYE POWER (FETISH) FIGURE 17

Photographs © Tim Hamill

SONGYE, POWER FIGURE 17, 15" SOLD, Dem. Rep. Congo

Figures were used by the Songye people to protect the village, promote fertility and well-being and to defeat enemies and evil spirits. Large figures were owned and used by the village community, smaller figures were owned by families and were used in the same way. The figures were empowered by the addition of materials with magical propertioes, including horns, skins, beads, tacks, shells, cloth and small figures.

Many of the features show a relationship to the masks of the Kifwebe association.

 

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