Songye Female Miniature Dr Congo African Sale Was $145 For Sale
TitleSongye Female figure Miniature DR Congo Africa Type of ObjectCarving, figure, statuette, miniature.Country of OriginDemocratic Republic of CongoPeopleSongyeMaterialsWood, pigment, raffia fibersApproximate Agesecond half twentieth centuryDimensions10.5 inches H. x 3.5 inches W. Overall ConditionGood. Most ofÂ our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Â Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.Â We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.Â Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.Damage/Repairshallow cracks, chips and holes in places
Additional Information: This Songye figure of small size is carved in classic Songye style with a strongly defined body and the well-known Songye jutting chin and geometric nose with prominent eyes. The square mouth and chin identify this figure with the Songye. 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 opening n the figure s stomach or head would often have magical material known as bishimba placed in it to give it its powers. The age of the object can be seen in the wear of the surface through long use and the accumulation of magical elements.
Female figure are rare among the Songye. Though considered to be a small sculpture, this is a well carved example of Songye sculpture and will be a good addition to any serious collection.
Recommended Reading: Dunja Hersak, Songye Masks and sculpture figures
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