Songye Statue with Metal Decoration 12.75″ – DRC – African Art


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This statue was carved in the style of the Songye people of DRC. The statue features a male figure with thinly pounded metal decorating the face and beads around the neck and stomach. It measures 12.75 inches tall, 15 inches on custom base and weighs 3 pounds. There old damage to the underside of the base on the left side – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo




Wood. Pigment. Beads. Sheet Metal

Approximate Age



12.75" Statue | 15" w/ Base






3 lbs

Overall Condition

Old damage to the underside of the base on the left side. Crack in the right side of the head.

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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