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Figure Kongo in bronze
African art > African bronze > Statuette Congo

This small anthropomorphic sculpture, made of bronze, takes in miniature the canons of the Kongo statuary, especially the funerary statues inyongo or mintadi of lower Zaire, which were made of stone and represented various themes thanks to characters frozen in varied attitudes. These figures form the vital embodiment of a spirit or ancestor. 
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. The sorcerers nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God ...


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Statue of Nkondi Congo
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African art > African Statues > Nkondi Fetish

The nganga , sorcerers but also healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through figures, mostly consecrated anthropomorphic tribal sculptures, named nkisi . These primitive statues have a magical charge usually housed on the abdomen. Here, the cavity is blocked by a cauri indicating the umbilical. The figure has feet anchored on high headlands. Red ochre patina.
With the Kongo, the nganga took on the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the concepts of "sacred" or "divin". The most influential category of "minkisi kongo" consisted of instruments to help regional leaders enforce the law. A metal object was nailed to a wooden figure as soon as a decision was ...


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Bronze Kongo statuette
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African art > African bronze > Bronze Congo

This small anthropomorphic sculpture takes in miniature the canons of the Kongo statuary, especially the funerary statues inyongo or mintadi of lower Zaire, which were made of stone and represented various themes thanks to characters frozen in various attitudes. These figures form the vital embodiment of a spirit or ancestor. Comes with plexi base.
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. The sorcerers nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the ...


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Figure Nkisi Congo Yombe
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African art > African Statues > Fétiche Nkisi

Tribal statuette consecrated by the priest nganga , it has a magical charge lodged in the abdominal cavity blocked by glass. The load 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, like the Roman pennates, was therefore supposed to influence the health, prosperity, enemies of its holder. Metal pupils are housed in orbital cavities that were to be sealed with glass. In the expressive face the mouth grimaces, revealing the teeth. Truncated arms are spread parallel to the bust, and the lower limbs, muscular, are camped on large feet. The headdress is characteristic of the statuary Beembé and Yombé, other tribes of ...


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Pirogue Kongo
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African art > African pirogue > Pirogue Kongo

This sculpted canoe features a crew of bust figures surrounding a larger effigy, wearing helmets enhanced by pigments of various colors. The hull, on which residual green and red pigments are still visible, is engraved with geometric patterns. Shard on the stern. Unknown use.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between present-day 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 tribal governors. This king, also known as ntotela, controlled ...


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Statuette Pfemba Congo Yombe
African art > African fetish > Statuette Pfemba

A sculpted miniature of the Kongo , this female effigy embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure, evidenced by the scarifications of the bust. The child within embodies the matrilineal transmission of power. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with diamonds in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The mouth reveals traditionally lined teeth, the eyes seem exorbitant, underlining the ancestor's ability to discern occult things. The use of this type of sculpture remains unknown. They were, however, a frequent form of the pattern carved at the top of the heads' canes. Dark brown patina, ochre residue. Fissures.br /Clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in ...


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Bira Mask
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African art > African mask > Bira Mask

On this flat mask, dotted and scratches of grey pigments were applied to the finger by the ritualist named ishumi on a surface coated with white clay. Although dotted masks are often native to northern D.C., clans in the Utuiri region have also used similar masks using traditional patterns applied to bodies and faces during ritual ceremonies. Height on a base: 38 cm.
The Bira and Komo of Congo are believed to belong to the same ethnic entity and their last migration dates back to the 18th century. Their region of origin would be the Ubangi, or even Chad, and even according to some, the Nile basin (Siffer). They speak an archaic Bantu language. Installed in Ituri, we can distinguish the Bira who have acclimated to the forest, neighbors of the Pymées, and those of the savannah, cattle ...


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Statuette Nkisi Congo
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African art > African Statues > Statuette congo

Tribal statuette consecrated by the priest nganga , this fetish of kongo has a magical charge housed on the abdomen, in a cylindrical resinous gangue, and in the back, hidden in a textile bag. This amalgam or bilongo consisted of various ingredients from the natural environment including red clay, red wood powdertukula, white clay pembe... , but possibly human fragments such as teeth, nails, hair. This fetish of conspiracy was therefore supposed to influence the health, prosperity, enemies of its holder. The hollowed-out orbital cavities were frequently sealed by glass. The mouth is gaping, revealing the teeth. The character is shown kneeling with his hands resting on his thighs. The high headdress is composed of a bouquet of feathers gathered by a string of raffia. Clear patina with a ...


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Statue Kongo / Bakongo Nkondi
African art > African Statues > Statue Bakongo

This androgynous figure of naturalistic type has an abdominal cavity in which a protective magic charge had to be inserted. The hole in the hat could also accommodate therapeutic ingredients. The feet at the disposal of the character amaze by their proportions. The beaded-encrusted pupils form a hallucinated look in relation to the psychic state. Oiled black patina, grainy, locally abraded. Desication cracks and treated xylophage marks.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo were the Kôngo group, led by king ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. The Bakongo live on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, between Zaire and the Republic of Congo. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, ...


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Congo Vili
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African art > African Rider > Congo Vili

As for the peoples of West Africa in African art, the rider and his mount in Central Africa symbolize strength and prestige.
On finds on the room the eyes covered with a glass typical of Kongo.
The Kongo people, a close cousin of the Punu ethnic group in Gabon, is therefore of great importance for the art of Central Africa.
Attitude dignified and austere this statue shows the signs of its rank.


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Pfemba Kongo Maternity Box
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African art > African Maternity > Kongo Box

Tribal sculpture of the Kongo , this female effigy seated in a suit, supporting an anthropomorphic pattern box, embodies a mediating figure that constitutes the ancestor of the clan, evidenced by the scarifications of the orange. The child on his lap embodies the matrilineal transmission of power. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths with diamonds in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The mouth reveals teeth traditionally lined, the eyes are whitened, underlining the ability of the ancestor to discern occult things. Desication cracks.
br /Clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternity.
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Bronze Kongo statuette
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African art > African bronze > Statuette Congo

This small anthropomorphic sculpture, of kisi type, takes in miniature the canons of the Kongo statuary, and in particular the funerary statues inyongo or mintadi of lower Zaire, which were made of stone. These figures form the vital embodiment of a spirit or ancestor. Comes with plexi base.
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. 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 ...


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Statue of Nkondi Nkisi Congo
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African art > African fetish > Kongo Fetish

The nganga , sorcerers but also healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through figures, mostly consecrated anthropomorphic tribal sculptures, named nkisi. These tribal statues have a magical charge usually housed on the abdomen behind a mirror closing the cavity. This copy, embodying a powerful figure, wearing the leader's headdress, adopts a posture that demonstrates determination. A miniature couple, in an offensive attitude, is strangely supported by one leg, the second being folded. The figure lying on the ground symbolizes the subsubjecting of evil powers. Around the neck and hips of the effigy, different "gris-gris", metal, vegetable fibers, dried seeds, various textiles, bells and cords.
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Kongo Maternity Figure
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African art > African Statues > Kongo Maternity

The Vili, The Ois, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo were the Kongo 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. The sorcerers nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures. Kindoki aggressive witchcraft is the absolute evil that must be fought. To this end, nkisis protective figures are made and loaded by nganga with all the ingredients necessary to achieve this goal. The Yombe se are established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. ...


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Kongo Phemba Maternity
African art > African Statues > Statue of Congo

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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Maternity figure Kongo Yombe Pfemba
African art > African Maternity > Pfemba Maternity

Figurative tribal sculpture of the Kongo , this female effigy embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure, evidenced by the scarifications of the bust. The child within embodies the matrilineal transmission of power. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with diamonds in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The mouth reveals traditionally lined teeth, the eyes seem exorbitant, underlining the ancestor's ability to discern occult things. The use of this type of sculpture remains unknown. Black patina, few cracks.
Clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternity. The use of this type of sculpture remains ...


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Maternity figure Kongo Pfemba
African art > African Statues > Statue of Congo

African ritual objects have various appearances, such as this tribal sculpture of the Kongo , where a female effigy is about to breastfeed her child. She embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure, as evidenced by the angular scarifications of the bust. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, of this type of pattern of orange motifs in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The open mouth exhibits traditionally lined teeth, while the glazed gaze emphasizes the ancestor's ability to perceive the afterlife, to discern hidden things. This type of statuette also adorned the top of the prestige canes, mwala . Satin patina with warm reflections. Cracks.
Appding the Kongo group, the Yombe established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west ...


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Statue nkisi Congo Yombe
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African art > African fetish > Statue of Congo

The tribal fetishes of the Kongo kingdom have a magical charge usually lodged on the abdomen behind a mirror blocking a cavity. A clay amalgam forms a dense crust around this circular shape. The statue is bristling with nails. Eyes with dark pupils are encrusted with glass in reference to extra lucid abilities. Desication cracks on the base.
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 used to refer to the terms "sacréu-0022 or "divin". The most influential category ...


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Statuette maternity Yombe Pfemba
African art > African Statues > Statuette Pfemba

Tribal sculpture of the Kongo , this miniature sculpture depicting a motherhood seated in a tailor embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure. The child on his lap embodies the matrilineal transmission of power. The mouth reveals traditionally lined teeth, while the gaze emphasizes the ancestor's ability to discern occult things.
Clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternity.
Shach the Kongo, 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 "sacréu-0022 or "divin". The most influential category of the "minkisi kongo" consisted of ...


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Statuette Nkisi Solongo or Sundi
African art > African fetish > Statuette Congo

Belgian African art collection.
Represented naked in order to intimidate the opposing forces, head turned away, this tribal statuette consecrated by the priest nganga, has a magical charge lodged on the abdomen in a glass cavity. The amalgam 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 hollowed-out orbital cavities are also sealed with glass. The mouth is gaping. Clear patina with a satiny touch. Desication crack, base erosions.
Chez the Kongo, the specialist named nganga , was in charge of the rituals by activating a ...


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Fetish statuette Nkisi Kongo Vili
African art > African fetish > 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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