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Kakongo fetish (N° 20896)

The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé, and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by the king ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory and copper trade and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary with codified gestures related to their worldview. The Kakongo are composed of Bakongo tribes from the left bank of the Zaire River. Sorcerers nganga , 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 witchcraft and various plagues, are made and loaded by the nganga with all the necessary ingredients to achieve this purpose.
Glossy orange-brown patina. Cracks.  

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OriginCollection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm32
Width7 cm
Weight0.27 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xxème

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