SONGYE POWER (FETISH) FIGURES ARCHIVES, DRC

Old Songye power figures are rare. Despite their appearance, the figures below show little evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

The figures below have all been sold. They are left here for education and reference purposes.

For UNSOLD Songye figures,

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SONGYE
Figure 51
7" high
SOLD

SONGYE
Figure 34
34" high
SOLD

SONGYE
Figure 45
15.25"
SOLD

SONGYE
Figure 32
41.5"
SOLD 


 

 SONGYE
Figure 33
SOLD

 

SONGYE
Figure 41
SOLD

 

 SONGYE
Figure 43
SOLD

 

SONGYE
Figure 48
SOLD

SONGYE
Figure 40
SOLD

SONGYE
Figure 44
SOLD

SONGYE
Figure 39
SOLD

SONGYE
Figure 36
SOLD

SONGYE
Figure 51
13" high
SOLD

SONGYE
Figure 47
14" high
SOLD

SONGYE
Figure 50
9" high
SOLD

SONGYE
Figure 52

4.25" high
SOLD


 

SONGYE 1
SOLD

 

SONGYE 2
SOLD

 

SONGYE 3
SOLD

 

SONGYE 5
SOLD

 

SONGYE 6
SOLD

SONGYE 8
SOLD

 

SONGYE 10
SOLD

 

SONGYE 14
SOLD

SONGYE 17
SOLD

SONGYE 21
SOLD 
 

SONGYE 22
SOLD
 

 SONGYE 28
SOLD
 

 SONGYE 29
SOLD
  

 SONGYE 30
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

SONGYE, POWER (FETISH) FIGURES ARCHIVES, 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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