songye power figure

A Songye Power figure “Nganga”.

Brought back by Ernest Godefroid during the 1950's.

47 Cm with the horn.


-Ernest Godefroid , collected in situ during  the 1950s

-Stéphane Mangin, ex Galerie Kanaga, anciennement Galerie Pierre Vérite.

-Laurent Benet, France. Private collector

Smaller  power figure of this size are owned individually by the members of a Songye village, to protect and heal and consult regularly.

Figure – SONGYE – D.R. Congo, early 20th century.
Early to mild 20th century – good condition – Kanaga Galerie (ex Pierre Verite Gallery)

Fetish standing, arms outstretched, hands around the belly, feet on a round base.
Eyes made from cowrie inlaid with wax.
Upholsters round cupper  nails geometrically distributed on the face and the body.
A fetish horn on top.

Around the waist a belt with attributes:

A heavy padlock, horns of smaller gazelles and a miniature Songye figure.

The whole covered with an old brown-orange brilliant patina.

Collected in situ by Ernest Godefroid during  the 1950s (Belgium)

According to the Who is Who in African Art Ernest Godefroid  is a Collector from Baronville, Belgium. He worked for more than 30 years in the Congo between 1960 and 1996, and it here that his interest in African art started. He was Director of Petrofina in Kinshasa.

Statuette bought in 2012 at the gallery KANAGA (ex. Galerie Vérité) of Stéphane Mangin in Paris by Laurent Benet a french private collector for 6000 €.

Certificate of Authenticity from Galerie Kanaga provided with this lot and and a complete description by David Norden.


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