SONGYE STYLE POWER (FETISH) FIGURES, DRC

Authentic Songye power figures are rare. While originating from the African continent, these power figures are likely not created by the tribe who invented the design. The tribal attribution indicates the origin of the design, not the object.


SONGYE
Figure 4
26" high
$500

SONGYE
Figure 7
27" high
$500

SONGYE
Figure 9
26" high
$500

SONGYE
Figure 13
21" high
$450

SONGYE
Figure 16
15" high
$500

SONGYE
Figure 20
10.5" high
$200

SONGYE
Figure 26
31.5" high
$600

 

SONGYE
Figure 27
27" high
$400 

SONGYE
Figure 42

21" high
$1200  

SONGYE
Figure 31

51.5" high
$800

SONGYE
Figure 35

31.5" high
$800

SONGYE
Figure 37

27" high
$700

SONGYE
Figure 38

24.5" high
$450

SONGYE
Figure 46

14" high
$500

SONGYE
Figure 49

10" high
$400




SONGYE
Figure 52
19" high
$400

SONGYE(?)
Figure 53

8" high
$400


Photographs © Hamil Gallery

SONGYE STYLE, POWER (FETISH) FIGURES, DRC

The Songye made power figures, Nkisi (singular) and Mankishi (plural), to combat witchcraft and sorcery. They were benign and were believed to bring good, promote fertility and success, vanquish enemies and protect from evil. Large ones were owned by and served the community; small ones were for individual families.

Adorned with additional objects, Bajimba, with magical properties (horns, skins, teeth, hair, feathers, beads, tacks, cloth, etc.), they gained their power not from the carver but from the Nganga, or spiritual leader. Their carving was considered secondary to their power. Often too powerful to touch, they were moved with long sticks. Although protective, these are confrontational objects, with a warrior's attitude.

Many of the features show a relationship to the masks of the Kifwebe association.

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