Songye Statue on Base 31.5″ – DR Congo – African Tribal Art

Original price was: $225.00.Current price is: $90.00.


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This statue was created in the style of the Songye people of DRC. The statue features a standing male figure with fiber wrapped around the neck and torso. It measures 31.5 inches tall on its base and weighs 13 pounds. It has a piece missing from the top of the head, some cracking, scrapes and scuffs throughout and some damage on the base – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo




Wood, pigment, fabric and twine

Approximate Age








Weight (Pounds)

13 lbs

Overall Condition

Piece missing from top of head, cracks, scrapes

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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