Divination oracle Kashekesheke - Songye - Congo
  • Divination oracle Kashekesheke - Songye - Congo
  • Divination oracle Kashekesheke - Songye - Congo
  • Divination oracle Kashekesheke - Songye - Congo
  • Divination oracle Kashekesheke - Songye - Congo
  • Divination oracle Kashekesheke - Songye - Congo

Divination oracle Kashekesheke Songye - SOLD OUT

Involved in rituals, the “soothsayers”, the mbuki, use special techniques named Katatora or Kashekesheke to solve social problems. During a ritual gathering, the client/questioner and the mbuki both held the figurine while asking questions. Essentially, this is a way to communicate with the ancestors. The sculpture used for that means is named kakishi. The ritual consists in a personal ritual in which the mbuki tries to discover the causes of stress, illness and misfortune through rituals, and to favour the well-being of the questioner. They both hold one side of the figurine while a question is asked, and a confirmation or a denial as response follows. Problems are clarified and lead to a solution. The wooden sculpture has remnants of an animal horn on the head, round copper nails on the face of which the one on the left cheek are missing. With slight traces of wear and age, this marvellous and exceptional tribal object is in good condition. 

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
Size
14 x 5 cm
Ethnic group
Songye / Basongye
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium

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