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Songye Figure and Hut Statue 24″ – DRC – African Art

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This Songye fetish style figure is standing inside a basket woven hut. This figure would make a great statement piece in any home or an excellent addition to any collection.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Songye

Material

Wood, pigment, cowrie shells, vegetable fiber, wicker

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

24"

Width

13"

Depth

12"

Weight

8lbs

Overall Condition

Minor imperfections and wear and tear. Possible previous repairs. Inquire for more information.

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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