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|Songye, Democratic Republic of Congo|
Among the Songye, figural sculptures, mankishi (singular nkishi), are instruments used to bring good fortune, protect, heal, and counteract evil. While a carver produces the wooden figure, a ritual specialist, nganga, adds a multitude of substances and objects that give nkishi its power and enhance its visual impact. Richly personal nkishis like this are imbued with an individualized identity, given a name, and treated as an individual.
Of perhaps the most desirable of Songye figures is that which illustrates the "kifwebe", the famous mask style of the Songye, in the face of the figure; this figure illustrates a finely carved kifwebe mask as the face, with exquisite proportions to the body that offset the power of the aesthetic of the mask. The dimensions of the body, angles, and stylization of each component,--legs, arms, torso are reminders of where abstract impressionism is rooted. The piece still excretes oil when heated, as it was once saturated with libations to a degree that it still "sweats" such oils when exposed to intense heat. The very high horn suggests great power, and for a piece that is likely 100 to 130 years old, the condition of the figure is superb. A fine statue with great power and beauty at an incredibly attractive price.
|Lot ID: 47|
|Low Estimate: $4,000|
|High Estimate: $8,000|
|Next Bid: $2,700|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood, pigment station, oils, horn tip|
|Dimensions: 11" (27.94 cm) height x 2.5" (6.35 cm) width x 2" (5.08 cm) depth|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|About the Songye Tribe: During the 16th century, the Songye migrated from the Shaba area, which is now the southern part of the D.R. Congo, and settled on the left bank of the Lualaba River, on a savannah and forest-covered plateau. Divided into numerous sub-groups, the 150,000 Songye people are governed by a central chief, the Yakitenge, whose role demands that he obey special restrictive laws, such as not showing grief, not drinking in public, and not shaking hands with men. In addition, local rulers, the Sultani Ya Muti, distribute plots of land to their villagers and an influential secret society, Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe, counterbalances their power. Unlike their neighbors, the Luba, the Songye tribe is a patriarchal society in which agriculture is central to the economy (Ref: Bacquart, "Tribal Arts of Africa"; Meyer, "Art and Craft in Africa", "Art and Power in the Central African Savanna", C Petridis, Cleveland Museum of Art.|
Lot 46,47,48 Songye Nkisi Field Photo source Boris Kegel Konietzko 1959
|Provenance: Ex. Family Collection Hallet by inheritance, from either Andre Hallet (deceased 1957) or Jean-Pierre Hallet (deceased 2004), Exhibition History: Vetted by a committee of tribal art experts as authentic and exhibited by Galerie Philipe Laermans at BRUNEAF, Brussels, June 2015|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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