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Bakongo powder flask (N° 21249)

The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo Kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious rituals, especially by means of carved fetishes nkondo nkisi.
Piriform container with a cap, intended to hold gunpowder for wooden rifles. This black powder was imported from Europe, making it a luxurious commodity that was carefully preserved. This powder, which was also attributed with magical virtues, often completed the ingredients of ritual fetishes. It is surmounted by a seated figure. This figure refers to the ancestors of the clan. Juxtaposition of decorative motifs engraved on the sides of the box. Slightly satin patina.
Ref : "La Maternité dans l'art d'Afrique noire" Massa ; "l'Art tribal d'Afrique noire" Bacquart.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Weight0.03 Kg

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