End XiXth Early XXth - Perfet condition. Provenance Heinz Jappert, Basel.
A fine little Songye figurative knife.
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Height: 19 cm, 22 on it's custom-made black-metal stand
Condition: Wood, metal, snake skin ( between the knife and the figure-see images)
Provenance: - Heinz Jappert, Basel, Switserland
- Hammer Zurich, Switserland.
The triangular face represent a bearded man, a domed forehead, a little hole pierced on top; dark patina, partly blackened oxidation of the iron knife decorated with squared cut in two by a vertical line ( see pictures).
These small little Songye knifes where used during circumcision.
The Songye created a sculptural style of intense dynamism and vitality. The works of Songye craftsmen are often used within the secret societies during various ceremonies. They produced a large number of figures belonging to the fetishist, who manipulates them during the rituals of the full moon.
Litt.: Songye: The Formidable Statuary of Central Africa by Francois Neyt http://amzn.to/2nbxBZc
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