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SONGYE FIGURE

Size 40 CM
Material Wood
Origin D.R. Congo

Dedicated to a familial protective use,
the powerful figure shows the general
features of the great Songye art but the
precision of the carving concentrated
on the face amplifies the intensity of
the expression and contributes to compose
a very singular Songye sculpture.
The hole in the head shows traces
of an important magical activity
and the chin beard is a rare feature,
it reminds common characteristics of
the Hemba or the Tabwa figures.
Provenance:
Reportedly collected
by a belgian army officer in 1913
By descent through the family
Belgian collection acquired from above.