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Songye power figure
Songye power figure
Songye power figure
Songye power figure
Songye power figure
Songye power figure
Songye power figure
Songye power figure
Songye power figure
Songye power figure
Songye power figure
Songye power figure
Songye power figure
Songye power figure

Songye Power Figure 44″ – DRC – African Art

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This statue was carved in the style of a power figure from the Songye people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The statue is decorated with animal hide, metal and an animal horn on top. He measures 44 inches tall and weighs 16 pounds.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Songye

Material

Wood, pigment, metal, leather, animal horn

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

44""

Width

7"

Depth

6"

Weight

16 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking and wear and tear throughout. Inspect photos or inqure 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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