Many groups in the Congo make sculptures in human form that are centers of spiritual power. Among Songye people, these are usually male figures, posed to convey authority and power. The materials attached to them; metal, feathers, animal skins, and horns filled with magical substances all represent natural and supernatural powers associated with the figure and its use in the community. In most cases, figures like these are deactivated by their ritual keepers before they leave the community.
Large figures like this example are communally owned, while smaller figures are kept by individual families.