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African Colon Kongo (N° 18189)

Wearing a colonial helmet, dressed in a suit with a clearly indicated fold of trousers, and wearing thick ankle boots, this character of 'colon' is represented in an assured attitude. An impression of vigour is rendered thanks to the narrowness of the waist contrasting with the extended shoulder span of the extended arms. The patina is matte, sandy, with residual kaolin inlays. Long desication crack in the back.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between present-day 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 tribal governors. This king, also known as ntotela, controlled the appointment of court and provincial officials. The nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures named nkisi.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height48
Width16
Weight1.05 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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