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Figure Nkisi Congo Yombe (N° 14592)

Tribal statuette consecrated by the priest nganga , it has a magical charge lodged in the abdominal cavity blocked by glass. The load or bilongo consisted of various ingredients from the natural environment including red clay, red wood powder tukula, white clay pembe ... , but possibly human fragments such as teeth, nails, hair. This fetish of conspiracy, like the Roman pennates, was therefore supposed to influence the health, prosperity, enemies of its holder. Metal pupils are housed in orbital cavities that were to be sealed with glass. In the expressive face the mouth grimaces, revealing the teeth. Truncated arms are spread parallel to the bust, and the lower limbs, muscular, are camped on large feet. The headdress is characteristic of the statuary Beembé and Yombé, other tribes of the Kongo group.Patine clear with satin touch.
Among the Kongo, the specialist named nganga , took care of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the concepts of "sacred" or "divin"These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men, bulwark against diseases and evil spells. Large copies, nkonde , nkond i, are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or family. "The KongoU Gesture-0022 ed. Musée Dapper  

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EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, verre
Height20
Width8
Weight0.20 Kg

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