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Big Songye Ornated Power Figure - Zaire, D.R.C. Congo

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Big Songye Ornated Power Figure - Zaire,  D.R.C. Congo

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Early 20th century - Good condition - Peter Westerdijk Collection

Big Songye Ornated Power Figure with a strong expression - Zaire, D.R.C. Congo

Wood, dark brown shiny sweeting patina, raffia loincloth, facial features and posture in characteristic manner of the Songye with cupper nails inserted and remains of palm oil offerings , hole in the abdomen with magical substances covered with cupper, metal bell on the side, horn in the head broken ( top missing), slightly damages, cracks along the belly filled with oiled clothing( indigenous restoration) , cracks on the foot, see pictures. Rope and bird feathers on the back.

The magical materials, or bishimba, which activated this figure are particularly diverse and befitting of a figure of this importance. Drawn from the natural world, they make reference to the attributes of the earth and animals and call upon their powers.

Size: H 60 cm 23,6 inch

People: Songye, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Medium: wood, glass pearls, Horn, raffia.
Classification: Nkisi for personal divination and protection.
Condition: cracks in the wood , see pictures.
Origin: Peter Westerdijk Collection Utrecht.
Age: -early XXTh century.

Old impressive Songye with a strong fearful expression.
Compare with the Alan Stone Songye: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2014/so-stone-part-ii-n09224/lot.67.html

Sold with written description of the tribe and private review by David Norden.

NOTE: David Norden, is a dealer with over 25 years experiece, who guarantees this Songye's authenticity.
Seller guarantees this item's authenticity.

May be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp, by appointment.

Free shipping. Sent by registered and insured mail up to €500 with Track & Trace (higher insurance value on request).

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Reviews given: 79
Member since: July 1, 2014
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    KaptanKrunch November 12, 2017

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    Toujours du Grand D.Norden = Très beau masque Goli avec belle patine d'utilisation- pigments rouges intenses-FANTASTIQUE
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    lovviere October 18, 2017

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    Alles perfect in orde. Zeer goede aankoop.
    Nogmaals dank. Jos belde
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    Josbelde October 9, 2017

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    Allways perfect transactions, excellent seller.
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    fernando4878 August 31, 2017

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    Ce masque Guere/Wobe dégage à la fois force et sérénité. De plus le masque a été livré en 24h chrono!!! Du jamais vu......
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    lovviere August 24, 2017

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