Songye Figure

Africa | Democratic Republic of the Congo

Songye Figure

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Boanga Power Figure

Carved wood, fiber
Early 20th century or earlier
Height: 12 ½ in. (32 cm)

Ex collection Lüders, Stuttgart
Ex Galerie Alex Vömel, Dusseldorf, 1984
Ex collection Adrian Schlag, Brussels
Ex collection Joaquin Pecci, Brussels
Ex collection Marc Franklin, Oregon

Exhibited:
“Afrikanische Kunst, Eine süddeutsche Sammlung”, Düsseldorf, 1984
Published on the back cover of the above exhibition catalogue

Songye Figure ex coll Vomel & Franklin 32 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
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.
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