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Statuette Nkisi Congo (N° 16355)

Tribal statuette consecrated by the priest nganga , this fetish of kongo has a magical charge housed on the abdomen, in a cylindrical resinous gangue, and in the back, hidden in a textile bag. This amalgam or bilongo consisted of various ingredients from the natural environment including red clay, red wood powdertukula, white clay pembe... , but possibly human fragments such as teeth, nails, hair. This fetish of conspiracy was therefore supposed to influence the health, prosperity, enemies of its holder. The hollowed-out orbital cavities were frequently sealed by glass. The mouth is gaping, revealing the teeth. The character is shown kneeling with his hands resting on his thighs. The high headdress is composed of a bouquet of feathers gathered by a string of raffia. Clear patina with a satin touch. Desication crack. In the Kongo, the specialist named nganga , took charge of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the concepts of "sacred" or "divin"These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men, bulwark against diseases and evil spells. Large copies, nkonde , nkond i, are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or family. "The KongoU Gesture-0022 ed. Musée Dapper  

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OriginColl. privée belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, plumes, fifibres
Weight0.16 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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