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Statue of Congo
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A subgroup of the Kongo , the Yombe, based on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola, are characterized by a statuary in which various figures of motherhood abound: round headdresses or pointed, mouth open on slender teeth, sometimes glazed gaze in which the pupils are clearly visible, characters kneeling, standing, sitting. Relief scarifications adorn the bust of the effigies, such as the bust of this Phemba statue. These cuts, made using needles, knives and razors, were then sprayed with coal or ash to accelerate healing. The mother sits in a suit on a circular base, an infant on her lap. The distinctive elements of the Kongo are the cheffal cap "mpu", the wearing of bracelets and a band compressing the chest. This mediating object was used ...


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Kongo figurine
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Kongo Yombe statuette with glazed eyes, symbolizing the connection to the spiritual world. The bust, under the shell breasts, is engraved with the scarified motifs used among the Kongo. The shiny, oiled patina bears filmy red-colored residue on and around the face. Cracks. The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious rites through of carved nkondo nkisi fetishes. The Yombe settled on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their sculpture is mainly naturalistic, made up of insignia and court emblems, anecdotal objects linked to the Lemba cult, maternity wards, funerary masks and fetishes. The nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious ...


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Kongo statue
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br>Wearing a high headgear, dressed in military uniform, and wearing thick boots, this "settler" character is depicted in a nonchalant and assured posture, hands in his pockets. The subtle expression of the face, treated with efficiency, contributes to underline this effect. Sandy matte patina, locally darkened. Slight cracks.
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. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of the kingdom following an election held by a council of ...


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Kongo Yombé Oracle Box
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Saverio Collection of African Art.
A set with a receptacle whose lid is made up of a gourd, a female figure adopts the attitude of the notable Kongo, crouching, hands resting on his knees. The wide-spread face has the characteristics of the kongo style: the gaping mouth revealing slender teeth. The eyes have hollowed-out pupils evoking trance following visionary states. Tribal scarifications are also still distinct on the shoulders. This object was intended for the ritual of divination under the guidance of the nganga diphomba , specialist responsible for detecting any form of witchcraft and its consequences on social life, health, etc. A grainy matte patina covers the room. In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of ...


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Yombe Bell
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Object used among the Bakongo by warriors and hunting masters, the action of this bell would be endowed with magical properties, by driving away bad influences such as witchcraft, and by encouraging its owner and his dogs. The motif at the top, carved in the round, devoid of forearm, probably refers to a prisoner. Within the Khimba initiation society or the Lemba pacifying association among the Yombe, this same type of bell, emblem of dignitary power, was used during the manipulation and activation of a Nkisi by the diviner. or Nganga in order to challenge the ancestors.
Abrasions, slight loss.

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 ...


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Fétiche Nkisi
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Fétiche Nkisi

The tribal fetishes of the Kongo kingdom have a magical charge lodged on the abdomen behind a mirror blocking a cavity. The statuette, which has no forearms, is also equipped with a backpack and a ceding headdress, in which magic ingredients have probably been introduced. Eyes with dark pupils are encrusted with glass in reference to extra lucid abilities. Speckled matte patina with residual inlays. Desication abrasions and cracks. The nganga, sorcerers but also healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through these types of figures, most often consecrated anthropomorphic tribal sculptures, named nkisi.
Shez the Kongo, nganga took care of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then ...


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Kongo mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Kongo mask

Miniature mask with a protective aim, which was worn as a talisman. Velvety matte patina. Abrasions. Height on base: 25 cm.
A clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. 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 statuary endowed with codified gestures in keeping with their vision of the world.

Source: "the Kongo gesture" Ed. Dapper Museum and "Treasures of Africa" Museum of Tervuren; "The Soul of Africa" s.Diakonoff.


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

Among the Kongo, the dog, renowned for its knowledge of the supernatural world, its flair and its vision, had the role of mediator between the living and the dead. This type of carving was also believed to locate thieves and wizards.
Satin patina, cracks and erosions. Placed unfixed on a base.
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. These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator ...


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Statue of Congo
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African art and naturalistic sculptures of the Kongo peoples
The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious laughs through fetishes carved nkondo nkisi.
This figure of a woman with an altier port, seated in a suit, embodies the mythical ancestor presumably associated with the cults of fertility. His body is incised with many carefully entangled scarifications. These cuts, made using needles, knives and razors, were then sprayed with coal or ash to accelerate healing and form salient patterns. The command stick, the dignitary cap, the jewels, underline its social status. The glass gaze, a mark of foresight, reflects his access to the realm of spirits and divination. Slight ...


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

Small Kongo figurative sculpture, of a beautiful simplicity. Glossy patina of use, cracks and losses. 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.


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

Carved wooden cross, named "nkangi kiditu". Among the Kongo chiefs at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the crucifix took the place, among the chiefly regalia, of a symbol of power and authority. A ceremony during the investiture of the chief required that the future ruler receive from the hands of a dignitary, during a codified ritual, a nkangi kiditu. This badge of power, inspired by ancient Christian crucifixes imported by the Portuguese in the 16th century, could also have a therapeutic function, and, in addition to various uses, be brandished during funeral ceremonies during which the object was subjected to libations. palm oil or palm wine.
The cross is not a motif specific to the ...


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


The Kongos (also known as Bakongos, which is the plural of N'Kongo in Kikongo, live on the Atlantic Ocean coast of Africa Pointe-Noire, (Republic of Congo) until Luanda (Angola) in the South and as far as the province of Bandundu (Democratic Republic of Congo) Superbly crafted, the Kongo command scepters constituted, among the jewels, weapons, recades and statuary, the regalia essential to their status and power. ornaments, pictographs and effigies carved on the sticks evoked proverbs, illustrated the qualities of a chief, told, from section to section, the history of the tribe and insisted on the qualities required to reign. belonging to the royal entourage also benefited from the same coded iconography.
This prestigious emblem comes in the form of an effigy of a chef in a ...


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Yombe figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Yombe figure

Character chewing a hallucinogenic root. He presents a glazed gaze that refers to mediumistic abilities. This type of sculpture sometimes illustrates a proverb. Black patina, desication cracks.
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 sorcery is the absolute evil that must be fought. ...


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

Kongo-type emblem of royal power in the form of an effigy of a chief in a seated position, extended by a handle incised with fine checkered motifs. Satin black patina.
The Kongos (also known as Bakongos, which is the plural of N'Kongo in Kikongo, live on the Atlantic Ocean coast of Africa from Pointe-Noire, (Republic of Congo) to Luanda (Angola ) in the South and as far as the province of Bandundu (Democratic Republic of Congo). Superbly crafted, the Kongo command scepters constituted, among the jewelry, weapons, recades and statuary, the regalia essential to their status and the power of their reign. The ornaments, pictograms and effigies carved on the sticks evoked proverbs, illustrated the qualities of a chief, told, from section to section, the history of the tribe and ...


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Yombe mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Yombe mask

The African masks of the Yombe, with realistic features, were used by the diviner nganga diphoba and by members of secret societies. This copy forms a larger version than usual.
Abraded polychrome patina, small accidents.
A clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities. 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 statuary endowed with codified gestures in keeping with their vision of the ...


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Statue of Congo
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Characteristic of the African art of the Solongo of Angola, tribe of the Kongo group, this tribal sculpture, male effigy, is camped in a decided attitude, in order to master the forces that the statue wants to face. The elements bilongo which exacerbate its power, consist of nails whose bust is dotted, and a magical charge in a cavity sealed by a mirror and arranged on the abdomen. The face sculpture, typical of the Solongo characters, takes on an oval shape. The voluminous hairstyle, placed high on the skull and giving off a shaved forehead, consists of a bouquet of feathers that is held by a wicker strap coated with a resinous aggregate similar to that which covers the body, which looks crusty. The face of this Figure Nkisi has a smooth, sainly patina that contrasts sharply with the ...


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

Old grain pestle whose center is carved with two faces. One of them is represented sticking out his tongue, a gesture with symbolic connotation in rituals against witchcraft. Smooth and glossy honey-coloured patina. Desication cracks.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Dondo/Kamba, 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. From comparable beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary endowed with codified gestures in keeping with their vision of the world. Their realistic masks took part in initiation ceremonies and the funerals of notables, and their nailed fetish statues, nkondi, were charged with magical elements ...


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Kongo spoon
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Kongo spoon

Belgian African art collection.
Anthropomorphic spoons are recurring in tribal art. This is distinguished by the quality and finesse of the sculpted figure perched on the bowl. We find the canons of Kongo art. Although ritual, the spoon also quickly became an outward sign of wealth and prestige.

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 statuary endowed with codified gestures in keeping with their vision of the world.


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Kongo comb
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BelgianAfrican tribal art collection.
This African comb of prestige equipped with a handle with an anthropomorphic motif was used for shaping the braided hairstyles of its owner. This type of hair adornment was patiently developed around a structure, which must have required long hours. Figurative combs, using figures and motifs associated with the cosmos and clan myths, are indeed widespread throughout West and Central Africa, where the art of hairdressing takes on its full meaning. These ceremonial hairstyles or more simply those of everyday life highlight the head, the seat of intelligence, wisdom and meditation. Velvety patina of use. The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Dondo/Kamba, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by King ...


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Kongo figure
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Evoking the ancestor of the clan as a mediating figure, the character presents body scarifications associated with his rank and symbolically supports his chest. The Yombe indeed adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with this type of lozenge pattern related to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The glazed eyes underline the ability of the ancestress to perceive the beyond, to discern hidden things.
Glossy patina, residual ocher encrustations. Erosions on the base.
Belonging to the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the West African coast, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities. Among the Kongo , the nganga was responsible for the rituals by activating a spiritual force with ...


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Kongo dog
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Animal figure Nkisi (pl. mankishi) in which a magic charge bishimba has been placed behind a glazed cavity in the center of the sculpture. The power of the fetish, according to local beliefs, was further accentuated by the presence of various accessories, such as nails, cords, metal. Among the Kongo, the dog, renowned for its knowledge of the supernatural world, its flair and its vision, had the role of mediator between the living and the dead.
Matte patina, abrasions.
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 ...


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