African Tribal Mask

African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo


African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo
African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo
African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo
African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo
African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo
African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo
African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo
African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo
African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo
African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo
African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo

African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo    African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo
Wood, horn, leather, unknown contents on bag around waist. Horn either repaired or just secured by some kind of glue. There is probably "magic" under the horn and in the waist pouch.

Additional Information: A well carved Songye standing figure, this Songye man stands with his hands on his prominent belly. The facial features are carved in classic a Songye style of cubist proportions and strong lines. Carved from a single chunk of heavy, dense wood. This figure has a strongly defined body and the well-known Songye jutting chin and geometric nose with the eyes sculpturally prominent.

Many groups in the greater Congo area, and elsewhere, use art to meet the contingencies of everyday life through the activities of the local priest or diviner known as the Nganga. These individuals of great spiritual strength and inductive abilities use the rituals, secret formulae and sculptures to heal and prevent the activities of malevolent forces. Sculpture like this are known as Nkishi and often serve to divine the future, control one's destiny, and forestall evil-doers or to work magic and most importantly to gain the attention of the spirit world. Among the Songye and other Bantu language speakers, sculpture such as this Nkishi serves as the contact point between the spirits and the Nganga, it is where the ritual activity of the diviner meets spiritual presence. The age of the object can be seen in the wear of the surface through long use and the accumulation of elements on the figure. Recommended Reading: Dunja Hersak, 1985, SONGYE MASKS AND SCULPTURE FIGURES. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks". The seller is "my-african-beauty" and is located in this country: RW.

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  1. Country/Region of Manufacture: Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
  2. Culture: African


African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo    African Tribal Art Songye statue from Congo