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Songye Miniature Power Figure Congo African Art

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Title Songye Miniature Power Figure Congo African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Songye
Materials Wood, leather, unknown contents of packet
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 10 Inches
Overall Condition good
Damage/Repair worn and scraped surface

Additional Information: This well carved miniature Songye power figure has hands on a prominent belly.

The Songye live on the left bank of the Lualaba River, an area of savanna crossed by numerous major river systems. They have a long history of migration and cultural interchange especially with the Luba from whom they are said to have originated. Magical beliefs and practice are widespread among the Songye people who use figures such as this on family or village altars where they contact the spirits of ancestors, nature spirits and where offerings and prayers are given.Among the Songye power figures known by them as buanga, and commonly called fetish figures, often have different materials attached to them including animal skins, nails, strips of metal, magical substances or whatever the owner specialist considers important to give the figure power to act. Among the Songye magical substances that load a figure with power are called bishimba. The specialist who uses the figure is known as an nganga, literally a specialist (doctor) who can cure, divine or direct magical power against others.


Recommended Reading:
Dunja Hersak, SONGYE MASKS AND FIGURE SCULPTURE