This Songye style statue was carved in an unusual way with an accordion style neck and without arms. The statue measures 34.5 inches tall and weighs 20.5 pounds. This piece would make an excellent addition to any home or collection. The horn on top is broken and there is some cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos.
Unusual Songye Style Statue 34.5″ – DRC – African Art
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Wood, pigment and animal horn
Animal horn is broken. Some cracking, scuffing and wear and tear.
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.