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Sundi figure (N° 21917)

In addition to their weapons and prestigious objects and their funerary sculpture, the Sundi made use, individually and collectively, of conjuration fetishes often equipped with a magic charge. The naturalist type character, representing an ancestor, carries two children, probably twins, placed in harnesses. The hands rest on the children's heads in a symbolic protective gesture.
Reddish brown patina, light residual inlays, slight cracks and abrasions.
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.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Ethnysundi
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm33
Width12 cm
Weight0.90 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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