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Kiteke Suku Ritual Statue (N° 17757)

These tribal statues protecting against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. This tribal art sculpture was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. Crouching, holding with his hands an imposing head with an upturned nose and displaying a grin revealing his teeth, the character embodies an evil spirit, named kiteke. In the neighboring Kongo clans, the bare posture, crouching, sondama , evokes an emergency action, attacking enemies in a supernatural way. Grainy patina, matte, kaolin-encrusted residue. Desication cracks.
The ethnic groups Suku and Yaka , very close geographically in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the same social and political structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. The initiation society of young people is the n-khanda , which is found among the Eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc...),) and which uses various charms and masks in order to ensure a vigorous lineage. In addition to their nkisi fetishes, Suku chiefs used fetishes named bwene, bisungu representing the clan's ancestor. (C.M.Faïk-Nzuji, The Power of the Sacred) ( " Treasures of Africa Ed. Tervuren Museum( Yaka, 5Continents  

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OriginEx-collection italienne
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight7.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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