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Statuette Nkisi Lumweno (N° 14479)

The Vili, The Lri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kongo formed the Kôngo group, led by the Ntotela king. Their kingdom reached its apogee in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarbeliefs and traditions, they produce a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. In the Kongo, the nganga took care of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the concepts of "sacred" or "divin".This is an object in which one or more magical charges are introduced, like the abdominal cavity, back and headdress of the statuette It's against it. The statuette is named Lumweno , because it was designed to protect what surrounds the birth of twins judged to have powerful abilities. The mother will therefore sculpt a fetish in order to divert any evil force.
Ref.: ", Masterpieceof African Art" Larousse (p.82)  

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Originex-collection belge
Material(s)wood, plant fibre, agrégat argileux
Weight0.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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