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Kongo Statue
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A figure of power, this tribal sculpture frozen in a defiant posture "maangaka" (hands on hips), has the particularities of Kongo fetishes, eyes encrusted with glass, gaping mouth, body dotted with metal spikes. Magical items were often introduced into an abdominal cavity. Semi-satin patina, indigenous restoration (metal staples).
The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted 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. "... long classified in the category of vengeful spirits... their function ...


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Vili statue
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Vili statue

Consecrated by the nganga, endowed with a magic charge (bilongo) composed of disparate elements in a receptacle closed off by a mirror, this statuette brings together the distinctive elements of the nkisi sculptures. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures for individual use nkisi, to which multiple virtues were attributed. Dabs a face with naturalistic features, the glazed eyes, circled with a resin, symbolize clairvoyance. Eroded base. Satin 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 . 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 ...


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Vili mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Vili mask

This type of African mask would have been the prerogative of the nganga, diviner-priest. The largely hollowed-out gaze and the eyelids underlined in red would reflect the mediumistic capacities, which the Kongo thought they favored by taking hallucinogenic substances. This type of mask was called ngobudi. Brilliant polychrome patina.
Height on base: 438 cm.
These mediating masks, also present in initiation processes, were used by witch doctors during healing rituals. At the same time, they also served to identify individuals who, through their actions, could disturb the harmony of the community. 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. The "ntotela" king ...


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Kongo bell
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Kongo bell

Ex. Belgian African tribal art collection.
This type of bell, an emblem of dignitary power, was used during the manipulation and activation of a Nkisi by the diviner or Nganga. The sides are incised with geometric shapes. The music produced by the bell is said to appeal to the spirits. These objects are found in the Khimba initiation society or the peacemaking association lemba with a figure bent forward at the top of the bell.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé, and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, headed by the king ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory and copper trade and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture related to ...


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Kongo stick
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African art > Stick of command, chieftaincy > Kongo stick

Tribal statuette fitted with an abdominal cavity to receive a magical charge. The charge or bilongo consisted of various ingredients from the natural environment including red clay, red wood powder tukula, white clay pembe... , but possibly human fragments such as teeth, nails, hair. This fetish of conspiracy was supposed to influence the health, prosperity, enemies of its holder. The headdress is characteristic of the statuary Béembé and Yombé, other tribes of the group Kongo.Patine golden mahogany.
Chez the Kongo, the specialist named nganga , was in charge of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the terms 'sacred' or 'divine' These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The ...


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Vili mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Vili mask

This African mask, of Vili inspiration, takes elements from the white masks of the Punu. At the top, the end of what was a hairstyle divided into shells. The face has checkerboard keloids.
Abraded matte patina. 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. Most of them are now urbanized, but they still belong to traditional associations that depend on ancestor worship, such as the Mbouiti or the Bieri. Like the Kongo group, in order to protect themselves against witchcraft and various plagues, they produce a wide variety of magical ritual objects of the nkisi type. Their masks are used by the association Ndunga or Djembe, but also for the funerals of dignitaries and during ...


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Kongo Fetish
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Consecrated by the nganga, endowed with magical charges (bilongo) ventral and dorsal, with therapeutic aim, this statuette meets the criteria of the nksi objects. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures for individual use nkisi , to which multiple virtues were attributed. The glazed eyes, encircled with resin, symbolize clairvoyance in a face with naturalistic features.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the group Kôngo, led by the king Ntotela. Their kingdom reached its apogee in the 16th century with the trade of ivory, copper and slaves. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with codified gestures related to their vision of the world. Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili broke away ...


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Kongo statue
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kongo statue



Consecrated by the nganga, endowed with a magic charge (bilongo) housed in a box closed off by a mirror, this statue, depicted in an unusual posture, had a protective function. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures for individual use nkisi, to which multiple virtues were attributed.
Abraded brown patina, kaolin and residual ocher encrustations. Desication erosions and cracks.
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 ...


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Vili mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Vili mask

White mask with relatively realistic features underlined in black and pink ochre, surmounted by a triangular growth. This type of mask was used during funerals and ceremonies dedicated to the ancestors. Erosions and gaps. Height on base: 45 cm. The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted 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. The nganga sorcerers, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures. Aggressive kindoki ...


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Kongo Sundi Fetish
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Statuette Sundi

This type of fetish dedicated by nganga was endowed with a magical ventral load with therapeutic purposes. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures of individual use nkisi, to which multiple virtues were attributed. Golden clear patina.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the group Kôngo , led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. 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, however, they still incorporate ...


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Vili mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Vili mask

Mask with a face printed with a dark median band, hollowed out pupils, and a mouth revealing traditionally filed teeth.
The hairstyle is composed of braids gathered in shells. Two-tone patina. Abrasions and erosions. 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 nevertheless still integrate traditional associations, dependent on ancestor worship such as the Mbouiti or the Bieri. Like the Kongo group, in order to protect themselves against witchcraft and various plagues, they produce a wide variety of magical ritual objects of the nkisi type. Their masks are used by the Ndunga or Djembe association, but also for the funerals of ...


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Statue congo Vili Nkisi Nkondi
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Ex-Collection Swiss African Art.

Posture of challenge for this fetish dedicated by the nganga, which is endowed with a magical ventral charge (bilongo) for therapeutic purposes. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures of individual use nkisi, to which multiple virtues were attributed. The glazed eyes symbolize the foresight dan sun face with naturalistic features. The Vili, Lâri, Sûndi, Woyo, Bembé, Bwende, Yombé and Kôngo formed the group Kôngo , led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili broke away from the Kongo Kingdom in the 16th century and the ...

Kongo Vili fetish
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This fetish with several heads symbolizing the ominivoyance is equipped with a resinous mass in which a magic charge is imprisoned. The object may have been designed for therapeutic purposes or as a protective figure against witchcraft.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by the king ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory and copper trade and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture related to their worldview. 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 ...


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Kongo Ntafu malwangu badge
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Kongo Badge

This unusual composition established on a femur fragment depicts a mythical animal or a canid carrying two human figures in a bust. It is an emblem of the initiation society nkimba of Kongo, symbolizing the gift of double view of the initiate following contact with spirits and ancestors. The whole thing could house a magical charge for therapeutic or protective purposes. Satin black brown patina. Height on a base: 41 cm.
The Vili, the Lâri, Sûndi, Woyo, Bembé, Bwende, Yombé and Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili broke ...


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Tombula Vili Mask
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This mask, lined with hammered copper strips, is reminiscent of kota sculptures and reliquaries. A headdress made up of parallel shells extends into a fan behind a prominent front whose amplitude is counterbalanced by a prognathic jaw. Lack of mouth.
Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili detached from the Kongo kingdom in the 16th century and the Loango Kingdom became a powerful state. Now urbanized for the most part, however, they still incorporate traditional associations, dependent on the cult of ancestors such as the Mbouiti or the Bieri. Like the Kongo group, in order to protect themselves from witchcraft and various plagues, they produce a wide variety of magical ritual objects of the nkisi type. Their masks are used by the association Ndunga or Djembe , but also for the ...


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Nkisi Kakongo / Vili figurines
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Statuette Kakongo

The Vili, Lâri, Sûndi, Woyo, Bembé, Bwende, Yombé and Kôngo formed the group Kôngo , led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. 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, however, they still incorporate traditional associations, dependent on the cult of ancestors such as the Mbouiti or the Bieri. . The sorcerers nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi by the help of consecrated figures. To this end, protective ...

Statue nkissi Nkonde Vili/Congo
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Nkonde

A figure of power intended to protect the village, this tribal sculpture features all the peculiarities of kongo's great fetishes, aggressive attitude with his arms raised, eyes encrusted with glass, gaping mouth on limed teeth, body pierced with metal spikes. The ventral charge in which magical elements were introduced is replaced here by a face. The bulge that adorns the character's neck probably contains this type of protective-purpose ingredients.

The Vili, The Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo were the Kôngo, led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, they have produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their ...





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