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Kongo statue (N° 22166)



Consecrated by the nganga, endowed with a magic charge (bilongo) housed in a box closed off by a mirror, this statue, depicted in an unusual posture, had a protective function. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures for individual use nkisi, to which multiple virtues were attributed.
Abraded brown patina, kaolin and residual ocher encrustations. Desication erosions and cracks.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary endowed with a codified gesture in relation to their vision of the world. Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili broke away from the Kongo kingdom in the 16th century and the Loango kingdom became a powerful state. Now urbanized for the most part, they still integrate traditional associations, depending on the worship of ancestors such as Mbouiti or Bieri.
Lit. "The Kongo gesture" ed. Dapper Museum; "Art and Kongos" M.L. Felix.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyVili
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, verre
Height cm47
Width12 cm
Weight1.30 Kg

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