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Ndop Kuba figure (N° 20854)
Embodiment of the king in African Kuba art sculpture.
Of divine origin for his subjects, the king is represented sitting cross-legged on the royal platform, unable to touch the ground. This statue considered magical was carved from termite-resistant wood. Symbols ibol associated with his reign, usually identify him.
As both head of the kingdom and the Bushoong chieftaincy, "nyim", supernatural abilities derived from sorcery or the ancestors were attributed to him. He was therefore responsible for the survival of his subjects, whether it was through the harvests, the rain or the birth of children. However, these magical attributes were not hereditary.
Light greyish brown patina, locally abraded.br>
During the last days of the king's life, the memorial statue was placed at his bedside so that it would capture his life energy as the object would outlive him. According to Cornet (1982), these statues were intended for the widows of the ruler because after the funeral, the ndop was installed in the harem.
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Once the successor to the throne was designated, he would isolate himself with the statue in order to draw on its accumulated energy and in turn benefit his subjects.
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