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|Songye, Democratic Republic of Congo|
Archived in the Yale Archive No. 0129345, this piece retains a degree of charm and seems to evoke innocence; at one time it was liklely completely covered in organic materials which "energized" the figure, giving it the power to bring positive impact to bear on human activities. 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.
|Lot ID: 48|
|Low Estimate: $1,200|
|High Estimate: $3,200|
|Next Bid: $600|
|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, stain, metal, shells, textile, oils|
|Dimensions: 12" (30.48 cm) height x 4" (10.16 cm) width|
|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.|
|Provenance: Yale Archive No. 0129345~01; Ex. Collection Frank Bell, Cologne, Germany, Ex. Bernaerts, Antwerp, 20 October 2011. Lot 330 3800€ Note: this figure at one time had a horn inserted in the top hole and some additional attachments|
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, Germany, 7 September 2013. Lot 405.
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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