Very Unusual Janus Songye Statue 29″ – DRC – African Art


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This Songye statue features a very unusual looking figure with two faces (Janus) that are devoid of detail. There are metal discs on the forehead. This statue would make a wonderful addition to any home or collection. It measures 29 inches tall and weighs 11.5 pounds. There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear – please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo




Wood, pigment and metal

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)


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Weight (Pounds)

11.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.


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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.