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Fetish Figure - Songye People, D.R. Congo (#PC17)

Price: $3,600.00





Title: Fetish Figure

Material: Wood

People: Songye

Country: D.R. Congo

Description: The Songye live in an area north of the Katanga
Luba, and north-west of the Kasai Luba. Fetishes like this
sculpture have a good influence on fertility and are regarded
as protection against hostile powers, sorcerers, and evil spirits.
Some guard a whole village while others are personal charms.
Magical ingredients are contained in the horn fixed on top of
the head. Metal nails, skins, and fish-scales all help to increase
its power.

Included is a custom-built metal stand.

Figure dimensions: 37 1/2" height x 11" width x 9 1/2" depth
Stand dimensions: 3 1/2" height x 11 1/2" width x 10" depth

Provenance: Ex-Private Collection. Collected about 50 years ago by a
Belgian living in the D.R. Congo.

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