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Statue Kongo / Bakongo Nkondi (N° 17729)
This androgynous figure of naturalistic type has an abdominal cavity in which a protective magic charge had to be inserted. The hole in the hat could also accommodate therapeutic ingredients. The feet at the disposal of the character amaze by their proportions. The beaded-encrusted pupils form a hallucinated look in relation to the psychic state. Oiled black patina, grainy, locally abraded. Desication cracks and treated xylophage marks.
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The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo were the Kôngo group, led by king ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. The Bakongo live on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, between Zaire and the Republic of Congo. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. Among the Kongo, nganga took care of rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the terms 'sacred' or 'divine'.
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