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Kongo Fetish (N° 23414)
Kongo or vili figure chewing a hallucinogenic root, perched on a turtle. The exorbitant and bleached gaze refers to mediumistic abilities. This type of sculpture sometimes illustrates a proverb. Black patina, desication cracks.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted 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. Aggressive kindoki sorcery is the absolute evil that must be fought. To this end, nkisi protective figures are made and loaded by the nganga with all the ingredients necessary to achieve this goal.
Source: "The Kôngo gesture" Ed. Dapper Museum; "Animal" ed. Daper Museum.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Material(s)||wood, plant fibre, plumes|
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