Pre-Columbian Art and Antiquities by Arte Xibalba
Songye Fetish Figure

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Songye Fetish Figure

An exceptional male fetish figure from the Songye tribe of the Congo region 16" tall. This superb old "Kelebwe" statue has a hollowed abdomen for "Bish Imba", to ward off evil spirits. A bundle of magic material is tied to his chest, he is adorned with a simple metal necklace and a nicely woven loincloth. A bronze bell is tied to his left arm and a horn is attache to the top of the head. In excellent condition, with strong deposits and patina developed from extensive use.

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