African Nkishi figure from Songye ethnic group in Congo
  • African Nkishi figure from Songye ethnic group in Congo

Songye Nkishi power figure


Nkishi and Kifwebe in traditional African art

The African statue that I am offering you here is very similar to the bearer of the Kifwebe mask among the Songye that we see in a contextual photo. The statue has a head with stylized features and above all with fine streaks that can be found on the masks of the bwadi bwa kifwebe association.

This is a nkishi, that is to say a statue of power intended for protection. The curves are soft, the thin arms are bent and allow the hands to rest on the sides of the very protuberant abdomen, the umbilicus of which is concave. The fingers are detailed. The figure rests on a convex base. His feet are therefore bent on it. The ritual accessories of the room are still present, giving it its magical power.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1960
30 cm
Ethnic group
Songye / Basongye
Wood, accessories
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium
Very good

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