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Kongo figure (N° 21976)
Evoking the ancestor of the clan as a mediating figure, the character presents body scarifications associated with his rank and symbolically supports his chest. The Yombe indeed adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with this type of lozenge pattern related to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The glazed eyes underline the ability of the ancestress to perceive the beyond, to discern hidden things.
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Glossy patina, residual ocher encrustations. Erosions on the base.
Belonging to the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the West African coast, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities.
Among the Kongo , the nganga was responsible for the rituals by activating a spiritual force with an nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to designate the notions of "sacred" or "divine". The most influential category of "minkisi kongo" consisted of instruments to help regional chiefs enforce the law.
Source: "the Kongo gesture" Ed. Dapper Museum and "Treasures of Africa" Tervuren Museum.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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