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Vili Fetisch (N° 17850)

The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo were the Kôngo group, 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. Among the Kongo, nganga took care of rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the terms of 'sacred' or 'divine'.
The statuette, hands joining on the sternum, seems to fit the category of Lumweno , designed to protect what surrounds the birth of twins who would be endowed with powerful abilities. The mother will therefore have a fetish sculpted in order to divert any evil force.
Glossy DarkPatine, ochre-encrusted residue. Animal skin belt. Ref. : " Masterpieces of African art Larousse (p.82)  

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Originex-collection luxembourgeoise
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, midroir, osselets, fourrure
Height15
Width5
Weight0.15 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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