SONGYE POWER (FETISH) FIGURES, DRC

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SONGYE
Figure 25
7" high
$500 

 

SONGYE
Figure 51
7" high
SOLD

Figures 25 and 51 have been vetted as authentic, with signs of age and use.

Old Songye power figures are rare. Despite their appearance, the figures below show little evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

SONGYE
Figure 4
26" high
$500

SONGYE
Figure 7
27" high
$500

SONGYE
Figure 9
26" high
$500

SONGYE
Figure 13
21" high
$450

SONGYE
Figure 16
15" high
$500

SONGYE
Figure 18
13.5" high
$400

SONGYE
Figure 20
10.5" high
$200

SONGYE
Figure 26
31" high
$600

 

SONGYE
Figure 27
27" high
$400
 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

SONGYE
POWER FIGURES

The Songye made power figures, Nkisi (singular) and Mankishi (plural), to combat witchcraft and sorcery. They were benign and were believed to bring good, promote fertility and success, vanquish enemies and protect from evil. Large ones were owned by and served the community; small ones were for individual families.

Adorned with additional objects, Bajimba, with magical properties (horns, skins, teeth, hair, feathers, beads, tacks, cloth, etc.), they gained their power not from the carver but from the Nganga, or spiritual leader. Their carving was considered secondary to their power. Often too powerful to touch, they were moved with long sticks. Although protective, these are confrontational objects, with a warrior's attitude.

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

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