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Heavily Decorated Songye Statue 24.5″ – DR Congo – African Art

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This statue was created in the style of the Songye people of DRC. The statue depicts a standing figure that has been decorated with leather, beads and shells. It measures 24.5 inches tall and weighs 13 pounds. The statue has a piece missing from the top of the head and minor scrapes, scuffs and imperfections throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Songye

Material

wood, pigment, leather, shells

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

24.5"

Width

8"

Depth

8.5"

Weight

13 lbs

Overall Condition

Cracks, scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos

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.”

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

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