Embellished Songye Statue 25″ – DR Congo – African Art

$180.00 $90.00


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This statue was carved in the style of the Songye people of DRC. The statue was embellished with beads, feathers, metal, leather and snake skin. It measures 25 inches tall, 28.5 inches to the top of the feathers, and weighs 13.5 pounds. There are some large cracks throughout the piece and has wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo




Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber, fabric, metal, leather, beads, feathers and snake skin

Approximate Age



25" figure | 28.5" to top of feathers







Overall Condition

Cracking and wear and tear.

Tribe Information

About the Songye People

“During the 16th century, the Songye migrated from the Shaba area, which is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), and settled on the left bank of the Lualaba River, on a savannah and forest-covered plateau. Divided into numerous sub-groups, the 150,000 Songye people are governed by a central chief, the Yakitenge, whose role demands that he obey special restrictive laws such as not showing grief, not drinking in public and not shaking hands with men. In addition, local rulers, the Sultani Ya Muti, distribute plots of land to their villagers and an influential secret society, Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe, counterbalances their power. Unlike their neighbors, the Luba, the Songye tribe is a patriarchal society in which agriculture is central to the economy.”

Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.


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