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Kongo powder flask (N° 23357)
Pear-shaped container with a cap, intended to contain powder for wooden guns. This black powder was imported from Europe, making it a carefully preserved luxury commodity. This powder, to which magic virtues were also attributed, often complemented the ingredients of ritual fetishes. It is engraved with decorative motifs and zoomorphic figures.
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. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of the kingdom following an election held by a council of governors of the tribes. This king, also 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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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||circa 1970|
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