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Songye Fetish

Origin DRC 

Size 30*37CM 
Age: Approx 60-70yrs 
Price $650

Songye fetishes are powerful and impressive statues of the Songye of DRC. They play the role of mediator between the gods and the community and as such serve as a symbol of power in the community. This particular fetish was carved by the nganga (sculptor-diviner) to be passed down to the chief during his/her coronation. The chief was anointed by the gods(kongolo-creator ancestor) and thus was responsible for safeguarding the fetish on behalf of the community. Large fetishes were owned by and served the community; small ones were for individual families.

Songye Nkishi or N’kisi

Origin: DRC
Size: 17*91 CM
Weight: 6.5 kg
Age: Approx 80-100yrs

The Nkishi are powerful figures made by the Songye of DRC, used to combat witchcraft and sorcery. They are also believed to promote fertility and success, vanquish enemies and protect one from evil. Rites that involved the slaughtering of chicken were carried out in the temple that housed the Nkishi and the blood used to anoint the idol to help intercede on behalf of the community and bring an end to calamity. Traditional beer was also offered to the Nkishi to bring good fortune to the community.

Kusu Idol

Origin: DRC
Size: 80*20cm
Weight: 7kg
Age: Approx 80-100yrs

Kusu history is shared with the Nkutsho and Tetela, all of whom came from the northwest of their current location and share a Mongo-Kundu origin. Much of Kusu sculpture is comparable to their neighbors, from the Lubaized chief's stools and Songye-like power figures, to the Hemba-influenced ancestor figures.  

Hemba Stool

Origin: DRC
Size: 49*30cm
Age Approx 60 yrs
Weight 5.5kg

The Hemba are a Bantu ethnic group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Hemba people are known for their exquisite wood carvings, particularly prestige stools. Prestige stools are not meant to be used for seating, but rather a symbol of power and authority, and a receptacle for the spirit of the owner of the stool. Among the Hemba-Luba people, prestige stools are all replicas of the first stool given to their first king, Mbidi Kiluwe, at the time of his investiture. This particular stool is a Kihona - Chief's stool from the mbulula village territory of Kongolo region in DRC . It was used during the coronation of the chief.

Bena or Wabena Stool

Origin: Tanzania
Age: Approx 40 yrs
Size 48*26cm
Weight 5kg

The Wabena are Bantu-speaking hoe agriculturalists who live in southwest Tanzania. This was also used during the coronation of the chief in the Wabena community.

Luba Mask

Origin: DRC
Size: 48*26cm
Age: New age(less than 30yrs)
Weight 1kg

The Luba or Baluba are a warlike people indigenous to the south-central region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Luba arts count amongst the finest that Africa has to offer.The Luba people live near the Songye tribe and are mostly engaged in farming. They trace their settlement in Congo as far back as late 7th century. Their masks share a similar characteristic as that of the Songye tribe and are also known as the Kifwebe. They used the masks for dances, lunar ceremonies or plays as artists hold a special place in the Luba tribe.

Luba Mask

Origin: DRC
Size: 48*26cm
Age: New age(less than 30yrs)
Weight 1.2 kg

The Luba or Baluba are a warlike people indigenous to the south-central region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Luba arts count amongst the finest that Africa has to offer.The Luba people live near the Songye tribe and are mostly engaged in farming. They trace their settlement in Congo as far back as late 7th century. Their masks share a similar characteristic as that of the Songye tribe and are also known as the Kifwebe. They used the masks for dances, lunar ceremonies or plays as artists hold a special place in the Luba tribe.

Dinka Lotuko Headrest

Origin: South Sudan
Weight: 1 kg

Among Dinka herders in South Sudan, headrests are considered status symbols. These portable pillows are carved from the fork of a tree and may be ornamented with relief carving, metal and other decorative materials.These stools and headrests are known as thoch (stool) and used as both headrest and seat by elderly men and women. They are also used to protect elaborate coiffure. In Dinka society headrests are very personal items. They are believed to embody the soul of the owner. It is also believed that the headrests enable the user to foreshadow the future in their dreams.  

Dinka Lotuko Headrest

Origin: South Sudan
Weight 1.5kg

Among Dinka herders in South Sudan, headrests are considered status symbols. These portable pillows are carved from the fork of a tree and may be ornamented with relief carving, metal and other decorative materials.These stools and headrests are known as thoch (stool) and used as both headrest and seat by elderly men and women. They are also used to protect elaborate coiffure. In Dinka society headrests are very personal items. They are believed to embody the soul of the owner. It is also believed that the headrests enable the user to foreshadow the future in their dreams.  

Ngoni Headrest

Origin: Tanzania
Weight: 2kg

The Ngoni are a Bantu speaking people of Tanzania. Headrests were one of the most important objects in their daily lives . Created as utilitarian items(Pillows), they were also believed to have a second, more vital role as conduits for communication with the ancestors through dreams.Usually, when a person died, they were buried with their headrest. Sometimes the headrest is passed to their heir, who would treat it with respect because this wooden piece embodies the spirit of the deceased person.

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