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Kongo Statue (N° 24715)

African fetish statue provided with a load on the abdomen. The gaze of the ancestor-hunter refers to mediumistic abilities. This category of objects was generally multifunctional.
Losses and 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. 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, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures. Nkisis protective figures are crafted and charged by the nganga with all the necessary ingredients to combat a variety of ailments.
Source: "The Kôngo gesture" Ed. Dapper Museum; "Animal" ed. Dapper Museum; "Art and Kongos" M.L. Felix; " Kongo Power and Majesty “A.Lagamma; Yale University Press.  


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Originex-collection espagnole
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, verre, plant fibre
Height cm68
Width20 cm
Weight3.31 Kg

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