Timeworn Songye Statue 35″ on Base – DRC – African Art

$395.00 $197.50

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This Songye statue shows a lot of wear and tear but that just adds to it’s intrigue and charm. The statue comes attached to a custom base for easy display. It measures 35 inches tall and weighs 14 pounds. The feet are damaged and deteriorated and there is some cracking, scuffing and wear and tear. Please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo




Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber, power pack and animal horn

Approximate Age









14 lbs

Overall Condition

Deterioration to feet. Cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear.

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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