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Statue congo Vili Nkisi Nkondi (N° 18357)

Ex-Collection Swiss African Art.

Posture of challenge for this fetish dedicated by the nganga, which is endowed with a magical ventral charge (bilongo) for therapeutic purposes. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures of individual use nkisi, to which multiple virtues were attributed. The glazed eyes symbolize the foresight dan sun face with naturalistic features. The Vili, Lâri, Sûndi, Woyo, Bembé, Bwende, Yombé and Kôngo formed the group Kôngo , led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili broke away from the Kongo Kingdom in the 16th century and the Loango kingdom became a powerful state. Now urbanized for the most part, however, they still incorporate traditional associations, dependent on the cult of ancestors such as the Mbouiti or the Bieri. The sorcerers nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi by the help of consecrated figures. To this end, protective individual figures nkisis, to protect themselves from witchcraft and various plagues, are manufactured and charged by nganga from all the necessary ingredients to achieve this goal.
Litt. The Kongo gesture Ed. Dapper Museum.  

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OriginEx-collection suisse
EthnyVili
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, verre, plumes
Height60
Width26
Weight3.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid xxe

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