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Statuette Nkisi Solongo or Sundi (N° 17111)

Belgian African art collection.
Represented naked in order to intimidate the opposing forces, head turned away, this tribal statuette consecrated by the priest nganga, has a magical charge lodged on the abdomen in a glass cavity. The amalgam or bilongo consisted of various ingredients from the natural environment including red clay, red wood powder tukula, white clay pembe... , but possibly human fragments such as teeth, nails, hair. This fetish of conspiracy was supposed to influence the health, prosperity, enemies of its holder. The hollowed-out orbital cavities are also sealed with glass. The mouth is gaping. Clear patina with a satiny touch. Desication crack, base erosions.
Chez the Kongo, the specialist named nganga , was in charge of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the terms "sacré" or "divin". The Minkisi would be divided into two types: those who are in charge of punishing offenders, and those who promote fertility and prosperity. These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men, bulwark against diseases and evil spells. Large, nkonde , nkond i, are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or family. "The Kongo " ed. Musée Dapper  

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OriginCollection belge
Material(s)wood, verre, perles de verre
Weight0.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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