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Large Songye Hermaphrodite Figure Prov: Van Caelenbergh

Lot 0039
The large wood Songye Nkisi is well oxidized with extensive evidence for age and handling. The Nkisi spirit"" is embodied in the sacred charges, and can be stirred to action on the owner's behalf by the shell and the metal bell attached to it. The figures are important enough to swear oaths on, to resolve verbal disputes or lawsuits (mambu), and can also be a weapon or guardian if sorcery or any form of evil has been committed. This important figure originates in the Rut Van Caelenbergh collection (Brussels) H= 62cm without the horn"

Condition

Good condition, wood, metal, the horn is inserted on top and can be removed.

Dimensions

19.8 x 69.3 x 18.8 cm

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  • 12%

Large Songye Hermaphrodite Figure Prov: Van Caelenbergh

Estimate €3,000 - €4,000Sep 22