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eBook Songye: The Formidable Statuary of Central Africa download ISBN: 3791343610
Author: Francois Neyt
Publisher: Prestel Pub; y 1st English lang edition (July 9, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 398
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Songye: The Formidable Statuary of Central Africa, by Dr. Francois Neyt. Published 2009, London by Prestel. Profusely illustrated with color photos throughout.

Songye: The Formidable Statuary of Central Africa, by Dr. Almost as new condition, a thick heavy monumental scholarly study of this particular aspect of African art by a renowned expert in the field. Book measures: 12" H X 10" . .

François Neyt conveys to readers that the term Songye was introduced in 1907 by Cyril Van Overbergh in reference to the Bena . Published on June 4, 2014.

François Neyt conveys to readers that the term Songye was introduced in 1907 by Cyril Van Overbergh in reference to the Bena Mena or "Luba-Kasai" people, defining them as "a beautiful race of people" and "renowned blacksmiths.

Neyt François, Songye: the formidable statuary of Central Africa

Neyt François, Songye: the formidable statuary of Central Africa. Munich: Prestel (hb £90 – 978 3 7) 2009, 400 p. with 400 colour illustrations - Volume 81 Issue 3 - BOGUMIL JEWSIEWICKI. African epics can be largely divided into seven kinds: Epics of Central Africa, Hunters' Traditions and Epics, Traditions of the Soninke, Sunjata and the Traditions of the Manden, Segou and the Bamana, Traditions. of the Fula, and Emergent Traditions.

Dapper, 1994) dans African Arts, automne 1996, p. 87–89. 3 Et, comme sur ce marché l'on n'est jamais à un superlatif près, le feuillet annonce Impressive Statuary alors que l'ouvrage est paru sous le titre de Formidable Statuary . 4 Being Colonized: the Kuba experience in rural Congo, 1880–1960, Madison WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010

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Francois Neyt is Director of the Department of Archaeology and Art History at.3 people found this helpful.

Francois Neyt is Director of the Department of Archaeology and Art History at the Catholic University of Louvain. The book itself, as with nearly all 5-Continents publications, is wonderfully presented, with quality paper and binding. The photographs are well-lit and beautifully defined, and the items themselves are mostly of a superior quality, and worth repeated viewings. The four style groups covered in the book are Congo, Teke/Yaka/Zombo, Luba and Songye.

English translation of the original French. Formidable statuary of central Africa. 398 p. : Number of pages.

A tribal people located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Songye are best known for their distinctive statuaries and masks, which for centuries have been used to protect villages, ward off enemies, and bring fertility and wealth. Approximately one thousand of these pieces are shown in this vibrant collection.

Africa is the premier journal devoted to the study of African societies and culture. Les pouvoirs locaux au Niger. Songye: the formidable statuary of Central Africa by FRANÇOIS NEYT. Tome 1: À la veille de la décentralisation by JEAN-PIERRE OLIVIER DE SARDAN, MAHAMAN TIDJANI ALOU. Songye: the formidable statuary of Central Africa by FRANÇOIS NEYT (pp. 497-499).

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A study of the traditional wooden sculptures of the human figure created by the Songye people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo features photographs of nearly one thousand works and background information on their cultural meaning.
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Xar
Hardcover, plain boards with illustrated DJ. 12" x 10.5", 400 pages. Text by the very well respected tribal art expert Francois Neyt in English. (Also available in French : Songye ) Over 300 objects in color and b/w, many 1 and 2 to a page, dozens of smaller photos. 2 x 1-page maps, 1 x 2-page map, Bibliography. Book includes a statistical analysis of stylistic features, a list of ritual materials, and a list of figures with descriptions. Published by Prestel in 2009. (Originally published in French in 2004 as "La Redoutable Statuaire Songye D'Afrique Centrale")

An excellent review of Songye tribal art from the Democratic Republic Of Congo, featuring the distinctive figures and masks of the region, with a special section on Kifebwe masks. A nice selection of items are presented in color and b/w, categorized by features. (Hairstyle, Head Type, Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Ears, Neck, Hands, Angle Of Shoulders, Buttocks, Torso Type, Feet, Arms and Plinth.) The styles are also divided into First, Second & Third Western Traditions, Styles Of The Expansion, Styles From The Sankuru And Lubefu Regions, Figures With Multiple Brass Nails, Styles Of The Kalebwe Ya Ntambwe, Ringed Neck Styles, Styles Of The Sentery Region and the North & Eastern Boundaries, and Central & Sothern Styles. The objects are 3-star to 5-star quality, and the text is short, but interesting. The presentation, paper, photography and binding are of superior quality.

This is a substantial volume, which I believe will become a standard work on the art of the Songye. At the time of writing,(May 2013), the retail price of the book is $125.00, but Amazon has the book on offer, new, at $84.90. If you have any interest, I'd suggest that you buy now, because this is the kind of book which will be $300+ when it goes OOP.
Rexfire
Despite the fact that Francois Neyt's data on the subject is not absolutely reliable, if you desire to increase your understanding and begin attempting to unravel the enigmatic appearance and function of Songye statues, which essentially guided common patterns of belief and the structure of social-systems, then you will certainly find various interpretations within this highly detailed PICTORIAL.

François Neyt conveys to readers that the term *Songye* was introduced in 1907 by Cyril Van Overbergh in reference to the Bena Mena or "Luba-Kasai" people, defining them as "a beautiful race of people" and "renowned blacksmiths."

Cyril Van Overbergh served as the Belgium Director-General of Arts and for Higher Education Ministry of Arts and Science), President of Belgian Sociological Society, and President of the Provisory International Bureau of Ethnography. He was a Belgian Catholic politician and an authoritative figure in the Christian labor movement - entrenched (co-founder) of the Central Office of International Associations in Belgium - organizing the first World Congress of International Associations with Alfred Fried. Interestingly enough, he was a purveyor of deep interest with Booker T. Washington and the "black" Tuskegee Institute in the US, replicating many fundamental ideologies. The Bena Mena represent a mixed group of people of cultural and linguistic relations, that were pushed around for over two centuries - first by Arab slave and ivory traders, then by Western traders, missionaries, colonists and explorers - even at the hands of their own leaders from the past, into the 20th century. The *Songye* are divided into about 35 groups and subgroups, most of them of Kalebwe origin. The dissident Kalebwe from the southwest were the conquerors, but the northern Tshofa Kalebwe formed the aristocratic core, in the tradition of the civilizing hunter-blacksmith. Indeed, *Songye* and Luba have the same roots traditionally and linguistically, sharing a common mythical ancestor named "Kongolo."

... And what of the Tetela people (William Henry Sheppard and George Washington Williams) - or later, Patrice Lumumba and the wider significant historical narratives of Belgian colonial affairs - allegiance / non-allegiance within the Congo??

Such *Songyeland* / Luba figures express distinct correlations, with profound meaningful interconnections with ancient ritual "Africanisms". They are carved in a range of specific shapes, sizes, physical characteristics and expressions - from displaying the affects of European disease such as smallpox and societal issues - to colonial paradigms (enslavement), and help or (favorable) answers and protection to overcome such oppression.

These figurative sculptures were imbued with various materials dependent on the region and according to beliefs and Bantu cosmology.

Anyways, this book is a welcomed accomplishment. And, (perhaps through avoidance) it lacks necessary information concerning Bantu Cosmology and religion as well as historical relevance - but again, the PICTORIALS are intriguing. Chapter V attempts to convey a sense of stylistic and workshop order, while Chapter VI struggles to explain "the numerous manifestations of the ancestors" through statistical analysis and Belgian collection habits. These "power figurative carvings" were the collective property of a village and meant to ward off evil spirits and misfortune (although according to European and Western rationality, they did not work too well). This book is loaded with more than 1000 photos of figure carvings commonly known and referred to in Western societies as "fetishes". It is also beneficial to know the etymology of the word "fetish", and that it ultimately carries a disparaging, derogatory and insulting element;

The word "fetish", which is commonly used to describe "black" African magical objects during colonial rule, but after-wards, use of the term continued in even broader application for many objects especially by reason or implication. It is certainly not of African origin, but an invention of the French scholar Charles de Brosses, who used it in his essay, "Du Culte des Dieux Fetishes" to designate [West] African statues when compared with the ritual objects of the Egyptians. His thoughts paralleled similar notions described within the book Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French by Miller, Christopher L. (1986) Paperback. Charles de Brosses derived the word Phatah, an Egyptian term for their small idols. A similar, earlier coinage used by the Greeks was "pataic", for the figureheads of Phoenician vessels. Another derivation may be the Portuguese word "feitiço" or "feticao", also meaning; artificial, false and sorcery "fabricated" or "false"... derived in turn from the Latin verb "facere", from which comes such words as "factitious". Feitiço was most likey commonly used by Portugese sailors and African traders in the 16 C (as with the French word fétiche). In hypocrisy Western and Europeans clearly do not refer to their own religious and sacred objects (charms, wedding rings, crucifix, rosary prayer beads, bible) as "fetish" objects.

None-the-less, this remains quite the PICTORIAL reference for the curiously discerning African art enthusiasts, historian, and even the daring among theologians.
Cordanius
I collect african art, statues and currency. I was drawn in by the cover and information on Amazon and was not disappointed. This books does what it advertises, but you have to see and hold it to appreciate it. It is filled with wonderfully detailed photos and a fairly good resource guide. All I really wanted was more information on Songye and Kifwebe masks. It has some information, but I thought it might have more. Regardless, I would recommend this book for anyone interested in Songye Arfican art.
Zeus Wooden
This book is a major and defining resource for learning about and identifying the differences in Songye fetish figures. Multiple color and black&white plates. Differentiates the various areas and artistic styles within the Songye tribal area.

Also a Chapter on Kifwebe masks and other items, not bad but not the depth of the fetish statues.

At [...] a tad expensive, but if you have interest in Songye and/or African Tribal Art, it is a 'must have' book.