Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
|Indigenous object name:||NKISI|
|Ethnic group/ culture:||Songye|
|Region/ country:||Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Material:||Horn, Metal, Wood|
|Condition:||Vintage - used with visible signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||No|
Like the Kongo and other fellow Bantu cultures of central Africa, the Songye called upon supernatural forces which they believed could be contacted and manipulated in their favor through power sculptures, minkisi. While the Kongo adhered to certain prescribed types according to the nature of the problem requiring the nkisi’s assistance, maintaining certain sculptural formulae, the Songye sculptor-diviner (nganga) was unrestrained by such prescriptions. Taking a certain “classic” sculptural vocabulary as a point of departure, Songye artists proceeded with every imaginable variation at their disposal. A client commissioning a figure, describing the circumstances that require the intervention of the nkisi, might relay a description that inspired the form of the sculpture – perhaps from a dream or a mystical encounter with the spirit itself. Both in the design and execution of the underlying wood sculpture, and in the addition of magical accoutrements (bishimba), Songye power figures are the wildly inspired products of this mystical influence and artistic freedom. As a result, the Songye pantheon is full of powerful, menacing, exuberant, mischievous, unruly, and sometimes terrifying characters.
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Catawiki member since December 28, 2014, received 278 reviews in total (91 in last 12 months)
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Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Objet totalement conforme et reçu rapidement. Merci pour David Malik.Thank you very much
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Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Great piece! Fast delivery! Good contact! A+++++++Thank you
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.L`organisation de la vente était parfaite. La statue correspond aux photos, mais elle est très mal soclée, contrairement à l`annonce de la vente.
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Nice and patientThank you
Our Lwena mask arrived on time and carefully packed. We were pleased with our purchase but surprised at the size of the mask, too small to be worn with no explanation of how used and no provenance.
everything worked perfectlyThank you
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