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Kakongo Couple (N° 24013)
Represented seated side by side, these sculpted subjects are associated with the Lemba cult, a religious association seeking family harmony among various objectives.
Shiny black patina, grainy residues of light shade. Desication cracks (base).
Established near the Woyo on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean between the former Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) and the Republic of Congo, the Kakongo carved works related to proverbs. Their statues were frequently equipped with magical charges such as the nkisi fetishes of the Kongo of the northwest. They additionally produced female figures and maternity wards. 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. 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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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Material(s)||wood, plant fibre|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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