The lid of this container bears allegorical motifs, carved in the round, representing three figures including a maternity hospital sitting on a log.
Desiccation cracks and abrasions.
The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious rites, in particular by means of sculpted fetishes. The naturalistic art of the Bayombe, in addition to masks and nkisi fetishes , includes prestigious sculptures and objects associated with the Lemba cult, glorifying harmony and married life.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between the current DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. The king, called ntotela, controlled the appointment of court and provincial officials. The nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards God Nzambi through consecrated figures named nkisi .
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