Kongo Fetish - African art

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Kongo Fetish (N° 25209)

African animal figure Nkisi (pl. mankishi ) of "koso" type on which a cavity has been made for a magic charge. For the Kongo, dogs have four eyes and the ability to see beyond the world of the living, in order to detect malicious individuals. The dog, renowned for its knowledge of the supernatural world, its flair and its vision, also had a role of mediator between the living and the dead.
Matte brown patina. Cracks.
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.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm10
Depth49 cm
Width9 cm
Weight1.25 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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