Songye fetish figure

Songye people – Democratic Republic of the Congo
71 cm


Alberto Costa Romero de Tejada, Spain

Carlos Bassó, Spain


Publication :

Art africà. Fundación Caixa de Girona. Girona, 2005. p. 99


Songye fetish statues, usually male, stand on a circular base, have an elongated torso and hands resting on the abdomen. Their large head has a square or pointed chin, a half-open mouth, and a triangular nose framed by large bulging eyes. Accessories are sometimes applied to the face to fight against evil and aggressive forces and direct lightning against it.

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