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Statue of Congo (N° 13404)

Characteristic of the African art of the Solongo of Angola, tribe of the Kongo group, this tribal sculpture, male effigy, is camped in a decided attitude, in order to master the forces that the statue wants to face. The elements bilongo which exacerbate its power, consist of nails whose bust is dotted, and a magical charge in a cavity sealed by a mirror and arranged on the abdomen. The face sculpture, typical of the Solongo characters, takes on an oval shape. The voluminous hairstyle, placed high on the skull and giving off a shaved forehead, consists of a bouquet of feathers that is held by a wicker strap coated with a resinous aggregate similar to that which covers the body, which looks crusty. The face of this Figure Nkisi has a smooth, sainly patina that contrasts sharply with the rest of the body, with ritual anointings. Among the Kongo, the nganga took care of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the terms \  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyKongo
Countryangola
Material(s)wood, matières argileuses, fer, plumes, osier
Height cm54
Width13 cm
Weight2.65 Kg
Estimated datingdébut xx°

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