African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Kongo Fetish
Among the most singular carved objects of Central Africa, this fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) presents a hunter accompanied by his dog. Among the Kongo, the dog, renowned for its knowledge of the supernatural world, its flair and its vision, had the role of mediator between the living and the dead. A "bishimba" ritual magic charge, composed of ingredients of organic or vegetable, was introduced into the cavities sealed with glass.
Desication cracks and erosions.
The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary ...