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Vili statue (N° 22622)
Consecrated by the nganga, endowed with a magic charge (bilongo) composed of disparate elements in a receptacle closed off by a mirror, this statuette brings together the distinctive elements of the nkisi sculptures. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures for individual use nkisi, to which multiple virtues were attributed. Dabs a face with naturalistic features, the glazed eyes, circled with a resin, symbolize clairvoyance. Eroded base. Satin black patina.
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The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela .
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, they still integrate traditional associations, depending on the worship of ancestors such as Mbouiti or Bieri.
The nganga sorcerers, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures.
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