Songye Power Figure, D.R. Congo
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Description of Significance:
The Songye people are from the central Democratic Republic Of Congo. They made power figures known as Nkisi that were used to combat witchcraft and sorcery. They were also believed to bring promote fertility and success, vanquish enemies and protect one from evil. The smaller ones were for individual families and the larger ones acted as intercessors between ancestral spirits and the living, they were owned by and served the entire community and also brought togetherness among the community. Such sculptures were commissioned by chiefs and elders, the entire community selected the tree in which the sculpture was to be carved in and it was carved by a professional artist called a nganga who selected the type of wood and features. 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.
- Handcrafted for use in D.R. Congo
- Depth: 4"
- Width: 6"
- Height: 20"
- Indigenous wood
- Metal details
- This piece does not include a base. It is free-standing.
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