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Songye Mask Metal Handwoven Fabric Congo African Art

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Title Songye Mask Metal Handwoven Fabric Congo African Art
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Songye
Materials Metal (metal content unknown), horn, vegetable fiber
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 18
Width (in) 13.25
Depth (in) 6
Dimensions Height: 18 Inches
Width: 13.25 Inches
Depth: 6 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our 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 Rust


The Songye live on the left bank of the Lualaba River in an area of savanna crossed by numerous major river systems. They have a long history of migration and cultural interchange with the Hemba, Kuba, Tetela, Luluwa and 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.

Recommended Reading:

Cornet, J., A Survey of Zairian Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, 1978

Dunja Hersak,Songye Masks and sculpture figures, 1985

Neyt, F., Traditional Arts and History of Zaire, Louvain, 1981