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Yombe Fetish (N° 24020)

This naturalistic figure wearing a dignitary's headdress, symbol of the mythical ancestor probably associated with fertility cults, is represented seated, legs crossed. Often represented with the arms behind the back, but without arms here, this posture would symbolize the restraint, the attention and the reflection that a problem requires. Brown satin patina. Cracks and abrasions.
The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious rites, in particular by means of carved nkondo nkisi fetishes.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between the current DRC, Angola and Gabon. The king called ntotela controlled the appointment of court and provincial officials. The nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation with the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures named nkisi.
Ref. : "Maternity in the art of black Africa" Massa; "Black African Tribal Art" Bacquart.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, verre
Height cm26
Width7 cm
Weight0.45 Kg

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