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Songye Power Figure Male Nkishi Congo African Art 30 Inch

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Title Songye Power Figure Male Nkishi Congo African Art 30 Inch
Type of Object Power figure Nkishi
Country of Origin Democractic Republic of Congo
People Songye
Materials wood, pigment
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 30.5 Inches
Width: 5.5 Inches
Depth: 8.5 Inches
stand is not removable; measures 7 inches square. Figure is 34 inches tall on base
Overall Condition Good. Most ofour pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair horn is broken and repaired. scraped, stained surfaces. chips


Additional Information: This well carved figure is crafted in classic Songye style of cubist proportions and clean lines identified with the northern Songye in their localized style known as Kalebwe.  His long chin, crescent eyes and pursed mouth are clear signs of a talented Songye carver.  


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. 
Recommended Reading: 


Bacquart's TRIBAL ARTS OF AFRICA and Cornet's A SURVEY OF ZAIRIAN ART-THE BRONSON COLLECTION.; Dunja Hersak, SONGYE MASKS AND FIGURE SCULPTURE