An African South Eastern Congo Songye Miniature Ivory Statuette of a Man
An African South Eastern Congo Songye Miniature Ivory Statuette of a Man
An African South Eastern Congo Songye Miniature Ivory Statuette of a Man
An African South Eastern Congo Songye Miniature Ivory Statuette of a Man
An African South Eastern Congo Songye Miniature Ivory Statuette of a Man
An African South Eastern Congo Songye Miniature Ivory Statuette of a Man
An African South Eastern Congo Songye Miniature Ivory Statuette of a Man
An African South Eastern Congo Songye Miniature Ivory Statuette of a Man

An African South Eastern Congo Songye Miniature Ivory Statuette of a Man

1800 to 2000 Africa

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An African South Eastern Congo Songye Miniature Ivory Statuette of a Man
Early 20th Century

Size: 5cm high – 2 ins high
Provenance: Ex Fred North collection
Ex Private collection

cf: Marc Leo Felix; White Gold Black Hands, 2012 vol. 4 pg. 264, fig. Y6
The Songye carve miniature masks, and more rarely full figures, in elephant ivory and also in the soft thighbones of hippopotami. Sculptors prefer elephant ivory because of its smooth, cool texture and because when carved correctly, it does not crack with age. Although western European collectors prize a golden patina the Songye would work to preserve the original white of the ivory for as long as possible. They would scrub the amulets from time to time with sand to keep the ivory from darkening from the smoke of house fires.
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