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Effigy Ndop Bushoong Kuba (N° 18807)
Incarnation of the king in Kuba African art.
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Of divine origin for his subjects, the king with the peaked headdress shody is shown sitting in a suit on the royal dais, unable to touch the ground. This statue, considered magical, was carved from termite-resistant wood. Symbols ibol associated with his reign, allowing to identify him, surround him, including a drum. The small effigies would generally be figures of slaves. Both head of the kingdom and of the bushoong chieftaincy, "nyim", supernatural abilities stemming from witchcraft or ancestors were attributed to him. He thus took care of the perenniality of his subjects, whether it was through harvests, rain or the birth of children. These magical attributes were not hereditary, however.
During the last days of the king's life, the commemorative statue placed at his bedside to capture its vital energy because the object would outlive him. According to Cornet (1982), these statues were intended for the widows of the sovereign because after the funeral, the ndop was installed in the harem.
Once the successor to the throne had been designated, he would isolate himself with the statue in order to draw the accumulated energy from it and in turn share it with his subjects.
Golden brown patina, crusty residue of kaolin.
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