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Songye figure

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Carved wood
Early 20th century
Height: 8 ¼ in. (21 cm)

Ex collection Christiaan R. Truter, Curator of the Winston Churchill War Rooms (1947–1981)
Inventory #1102

Literature: AfriCubisme, 2018

Price: sold

Afrique Centrale
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The Songye reside in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, near the Lomami River in Central Africa. The political organization of the Songye is structured around the personality of their chief, a holy, benevolent figure endowed with magical-religious power. Secret societies structure social, political and religious life. Fetishes, amulets (boanga or nganga) and power figures (nkishi) are omnipresent among the Songye.