Songye Tribe

The Songye created a sculptural style of intense dynamism and vitality. The works of Songye craftsmen are often used within the secret societies during various ceremonies. They produced a large number of figures belonging to the fetishist, who manipulates them during the rituals of the full moon.
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Songye Study

Songye Study

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Songye Statue (111cm 3' 6") 'Songye statues are made for individual worship while the larger ones are meant for tribal ceremonies. Most of them are male figures placed on circular bases. The Songye hollow the top of the heads and abdominal cavities of their statues to fill with magical, fetish materials. These figures are mostly of priests with hands placed atop the abdomen and superstructures of horns and feathers which lend an air of reverence to the aura of the figures.'

Songye Statue (111cm 3' 6") 'Songye statues are made for individual worship while the larger ones are meant for tribal ceremonies. Most of them are male figures placed on circular bases. The Songye hollow the top of the heads and abdominal cavities of their statues to fill with magical, fetish materials. These figures are mostly of priests with hands placed atop the abdomen and superstructures of horns and feathers which lend an air of reverence to the aura of the figures.'

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Songye Female Kifwebe mask

Songye Female Kifwebe mask

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Songye (source unknown)

Songye (source unknown)

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