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Vili Sceptre (N° 22952)

The handle of the object is very finely carved with a female bust. The detail of the lines, the fingered hands, the curve of the volumes, form an unusual and decorative motif. remarkably refined.
Smooth black patina.
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. Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili broke away from the Kongo kingdom in the 16th century and the Loango kingdom became a powerful state. Now urbanized for the most part, they still integrate traditional associations, depending on the worship of ancestors such as Mbouiti or Bieri. Nganga sorcerers, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures. To this end, individual protective nkisi figures, to protect against sorcery and various plagues, are made and loaded by the nganga with all the ingredients necessary to achieve this goal.  

 


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OriginCollection Patrick Malisse
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm33
Width4 cm
Weight0.22 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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