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Kongo Fetish (N° 22365)

Protective statuette whose eyes and abdomen are symbolically encrusted with shards of glass. Black satin patina, erosions. Circular metal base.
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 endowed with a codified gesture in relation to their vision of the world. The nganga sorcerers, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures. To this end, individual protective figures nkisis, to protect against sorcery and various plagues, are made and charged by the nganga with all the necessary ingredients to achieve this goal. .  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, verre
Height cm25
Width9 cm
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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