Fascinating Songye Statue 28.5″ on Base – DRC – African Art


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This Songye statue features a fascinating figure with a large grin on his face. His teeth are either real teeth or bone but most have broken off. He also has metal detail on his face and the horn on his head is partially broken. The statue measures 28.5 inches tall including the base and weighs 14 pounds. There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear – please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo




Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber, metal, teeth or bone

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

27" figure | 28.5" including base

Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

14 lbs

Overall Condition

Most teeth are broken. Horn on top partially broken. Cracking and wear and tear.


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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.