Kongo Statue - African art

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Kongo Statue (N° 8833)

Ex Belgian art collection.

This particular monoxyle piece is composed of a character whose feet are derived from a circular base keeping him in balance. At the back of the room is a large board to which the character seems tied by ties around the neck and ankles. The character is endowed with impressive and expressive facial features, in particular his fleshy open mouth revealing thick teeth. This statue could represent a convict at a judicial ceremony. In the thirteenth century, the Kongo people, led by his king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads 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 presented a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of the kingdom following an election held by a council of the governors of the tribes. This king, also called ntotela, controlled the appointment of court and provincial officials.  


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OriginEx collection belge
Height cm147
Width29 cm
Weight15.00 Kg

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