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Kongo Maternity (N° 23921)

Symbol of the mythical ancestor likely associated with fertility cults, this figure of a woman wearing a dignitary's headdress is surrounded by various subjects. Diamond scarifications cover the character's back. These cuts, made with needles, knives and razors, were then coated with charcoal or ashes to accelerate healing and form salient patterns. Desication cracks. Two-tone satin patina.
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. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of the kingdom following an election held by a council of governors of the tribes. This king, also called ntotela, controlled the appointment of court and provincial officials. The nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation with the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures called nkisi. Ref. : "Maternity in the art of black Africa" ​​Massa; "Black African Tribal Art" Bacquart.  


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OriginEx-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm66
Width18 cm
Weight5.00 Kg

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