Protective Nkishi figure - Songye - Congo - SOLD

The Nkishi / Nkisi statue in traditional African art among the Songye

These spectacular African Mankishi fetishes (Nkishi singles) are among the most prized in traditional African art and are used by the Songye. This type of African statues could be an object of personal protection, for the hut, or the whole village according to the size of the statue. Reason why we observe very different dimensions ranging from a few centimeters to more than 1m50 high. Mankishi are often accompanied by accessories such as leather or rope bags, bones, teeth and metal veneers on the face, veneer designed to attract lightning on the Nkishi and divert it from its owner. The horn was also filled with a magical charge by the diviner.Superb piece with metal veneer very present and a necklace in blue glass beads. The Nkishi even wears a rope headdress for the sake of realism. Belt of teeth and snakeskin ring at the base of the horn. Provenance: private collection of traditional African art P. Vandenbergh, Belgium

Origin : private collection Vandenbergh, BelgiumDating : 1940Size : 56 x 10 cmMaterials : wood, horn, rope, tooth, metal, beads

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1940
Size
Ethnic group
Songye / Basongye
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium

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