Fine Janus Songye Fetish figure. The Democratic Republic of the Congo
These spectacular fetishes are among the most popular in Africa and are used by Songye. The Nkishi is a mediator between God and men
The Songye made power figures, Nkisi (singular) and Mankishi (plural), to combat witchcraft and sorcery. They were benign and were believed to bring good, promote fertility and success, vanquish enemies and protect from evil. Large ones were owned by and served the community; small ones were for individual families.
Height 18 cm.
Second half 20th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Wood, fabric, and feathers. From a Dutch Private Collection