Global Art & Artifacts

Fetiche Nkisi Songye Wood Statue.  DRC.  Congo.  Africa.

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This is from the Songye people and most likely from a religious shaman (nganga).  Shamans prepare these figures with symbolic substances (Bilongo) from animals (e.g. blood), vegetables and/or minerals  . . .  placed in the abdomen, head or back behind a mirror or glass, especially those from Bakongo/Kongo tribe along the Atlantic coast.


With this statue, the substances were removed.  As this piece might have been part of a museum collection and sold, it was – perhaps still is – the policy to remove the substances to de-activate any of the magic or effects.


Notice the nails have a triangular shape, indicating an older statue.


Definitely, museum quality condition dating back to the mid-1900s or earlier.


For the Serious Collector, for sure.


SOLD!  Thanks C.R. !!



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