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Kongo figurine (N° 22817)

Kongo Yombe statuette with glazed eyes, symbolizing the connection to the spiritual world. The bust, under the shell breasts, is engraved with the scarified motifs used among the Kongo. The shiny, oiled patina bears filmy red-colored residue on and around the face. Cracks. The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious rites through of carved nkondo nkisi fetishes. The Yombe settled on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their sculpture is mainly naturalistic, made up of insignia and court emblems, anecdotal objects linked to the Lemba cult, maternity wards, funerary masks and fetishes. The nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation with the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures called nkisi.  


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OriginCollection française G.
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm27
Width11 cm
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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