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Kongo figure (N° 20942)
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads between the 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 called ntotela , controlled the appointment of court and provincial officials.
The nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation toward the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures called nkisi .
The glazed eyes with dark pupils are associated with mediumistic qualities.
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