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Superb Songye Figural Staff 40″ – DRC

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This staff features a figure carved into the body of the piece and a metal spike attached to the end. It has a gorgeous gleaming patina. This piece is 40″ tall and weighs 2 lbs. This staff would make a admirable addition to any collection. Does not come with a stand, though one can be made for an additional charge.

Type of Object

Staff

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Songye

Material

Wood, Pigment, Metal Spike

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

40"

Width

2"

Depth

2"

Weight

2lbs

Overall Condition

Possible minor imperfections and wear & tear, including but not limited to scuffing, cracking and minimal chipping. Possible previous repairs. See photos or inquire for more details.

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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