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Statuette Nkisi Lumweno
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The Vili, The Lri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kongo formed the Kôngo group, led by the Ntotela king. Their kingdom reached its apogee in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarbeliefs and traditions, they produce a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. In the Kongo, the 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 concepts of "sacred" or "divin".This is an object in which one or more magical charges are introduced, like the abdominal cavity, back and headdress of the statuette It's against it. The statuette is named Lumweno , because it was designed to protect what surrounds the birth of twins judged to have ...


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Maternity figure Kongo Yombe Phemba
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Ex-collection Swiss African art.
The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom, from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious laughs through carved fetishes nkondo nkisi.
This figure of woman, wearing a dignitary's headdress, symbol of the mythical ancestor presumably associated with fertility cults, surrounds himself with a group of miniatures represented in various positions. The two figures on his shoulders feature an abdominal cavity in which a magical charge, bilongo, or relics have been introduced. The woman is seated on a seat supported by caryatids, which a janiform dog, koso , mediator between the living and the dead, also supports. Diamond scarifications cover the character's back. These cuts, made using ...

Fetish statuette Nkisi Kongo
African art > African fetish > Kongo Fetish

The tribal fetishes of the Kongo kingdom have a magical charge usually housed on the abdomen behind a mirror closing the cavity. This copy with a chef's headdress is bristling with intertwined nails of various ropes and mixed with a clay aggregate. Eyes with dark pupils are encrusted with glass in reference to extra lucid abilities. A dagger is missing in the raised hand. The nganga, sorcerers but also healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through this type of figures, most often consecrated anthropomorphic tribal sculptures, named nkisi .
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 ...


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Nganga Kongo Yombe Mask
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African art > African mask > Kongo Mask

A panage of the nganga, the kongo soo-priest, this two-coloured African mask uses kongo characters such as the pierced pupil's gaze and the mouth revealing traditionally lined teeth. The psychic abilities, which the Kongo thought they fostered through the taking of hallucinogenic substances, are revealed by the wide-eyed gaze. These types of masks were called ngobudi in reference to a terrible, terrifying thing.
These mediating masks, also present in initiation processes, were used by fetishists during healing rituals. At the same time, they were also used to identify individuals who, through their actions, could disrupt the harmony of the community.
Xylophage prints.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo , settled in a region at the ...


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Statuette Nkisi Congo
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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Yombe Drum Statue
African art > African Statues > Statue Yombe

This figure seated in a suit, holding his sex with both hands, is surmounted by a drum adorned with a face carved in relief. Wide open, glazed eyes are recurrent in Kongo statuary. They are associated with psychic abilities. The mouths reveal traditionally lined teeth. The drum is stretched with animal skin nailed to the contours highlighted by a raffia braid. The crusty, dark surface has localized red and burgundy pigments adjacent to residues dotted with white clay. Misses on the back. This object evoking virility could be associated with the rites of circumcision and the music that accompanied it. However more than one function were usually assigned to Yombe sculptures.
In the 13th century, the people Kongo , led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of ...


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Ancestor figure Kongo Yombe
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.
This sculpture embodying a Kongo diginitary presents a face with wide and fixed eyes, this " which constitutes the prerogative of an elder. Indeed, only middle-aged people can stare at us with such insistence in order to alert us to problems or odds. The glazed gaze also refers to the psychic abilities reinforced by the presence of the quadruped, a support for divination, on which the character sits. Sculpture sometimes illustrating a proverb, it is accompanied here by symbolic zoomorphic figures or mythical animals emblematic of specific clans. Desisication cracks, locally abraded light brown 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 ...


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Statue of Congo Nkisi Yombé
African art > African Statues > Kongo Fetish

Fetishes of power in African art Kongo
Among the Kongo, the nganga se charged rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkisi (pl. minkisi). The term nkisi fused to refer to the concepts of "sacred" or "divin".The most influential category of U022minkisi 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 made, each nail evoking a particular case: litigants, divorce, conflicts between communities...
The nkondi wanted to ensure that the agreement to settle the conflict was properly implemented, and that individuals feared the consequences of their behaviour. His appearance thus personified the resident strength.

Juché on a pedestal, this armless figure is dotted with ...


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Figure de pouvoir Nkondo Nkisi
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Fetishes of power in African art Kongo
Among the Kongo, the nganga se charged rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkisi (pl. minkisi). The term nkisi ft then used to refer to the concepts of "sacred" or "divin". The most influential category of U.S.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 made, each nail evoking a particular case: litigants, divorce, conflicts between communities...
The nkondi wanted to ensure that the agreement to settle the conflict was properly implemented, and that individuals feared the consequences of their behaviour. His appearance thus personified the resident strength.

Juché on a discoid base, a figure with a bleached ...

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

Tribal fetishes in the Kongo kingdom have a magical charge usually housed on the abdomen behind a cavity-blocking mirror. Abrus seeds add a note of colour here. This copy with a chef's headdress is bristling with intertwined nails of various ropes. Eyes with dark pupils are encrusted with glass in reference to extra lucid abilities. A textile pudding also traps its neck. Blackish colours attest to resinous libations.
Desication cracks.
The nganga , sorcerers but also healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through this type of figures, most often consecrated anthropomorphic tribal sculptures, named nkisi .
With the Kongo, the nganga took on the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The ...

Maternity figure Phemba Kongo
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Naturalism of the phemba in African art Kongo
The rituals of fertility and progeny, central themes of African cultures, are addressed through this motherhood. Sitting in a suit, she has a child on her lap. This realistic tribal sculpture is kneeling on a quadrangular base. On her chest and in the back she sports geometric scarifications. These cuts, made using needles, knives and razors, were then sprayed with charcoal or ash to accelerate healing and form protruding patterns Ingrained in ritual libations alternating with a patina. mahogany brown satin. Large desication crack.
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 ...

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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Kongo Yombe Mask
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African art > African mask > Kongo Mask

Ex-Swiss African art collection.
This African mask was the prerogative of the nganga, soothsayer. His psychic abilities, which the Kongo thought they fostered through the taking of hallucinogenic substances, were revealed by the eyes of the hollowed-out pupils. Her tribal hairstyle is accentuated by a braided red cotton headband. These types of masks were called ngobudi in reference to a terrible, terrifying thing. The crusty surface reveals remnants of white and red polychrome coatings. These mediating masks, also present in initiation processes, were used by fetishists during healing rituals. At the same time, they were also used to identify individuals who, through their actions, could disrupt the harmony of the community. In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king ...


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Nkisi Kongo Yombé couple figures
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These Kongo statues forming couple have slightly different faces thanks to the rictus of the femine figure. The elements bilongo conferring additional powers on this tribal art object named nkisi were housed in the cup forming reliquary on the woman's abdomen. The metal reputed to hold protective virtues is present in the form of nails dostanding the sculpture. Satin patina, granular residue.
The sorcerers nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through these consecrated figures. Aggressive witchcraft kindoki is the absolute evil that must be fought. To this end, nkisis protective figures are made and loaded by the nganga of all the ingredients necessary to achieve this goal. It is not the morphology of the ...


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Figure Nkisi Congo Yombe
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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Maternity figure Phemba Yombé
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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 ...

Maternity figure Kongo Yombé Pfemba
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African art > African Statues > Statue Pfemba

African ritual objects have various appearances, such as this tribal sculpture of the Kongo , where a seated female effigy breastfeeds a child. She embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediator figure, as evidenced by the losangic scarifications of the bust. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with this type of losangic motif pattern in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The open mouth shows off traditionally lined teeth, and wide-eyed, underline the grandfather'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 highlights. Fissures.Belonging to the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the southwestern ...

Yombé Kongo maternity figure
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African art > African Statues > Statue Yombe

The Yombe settled on the west coast of Africa, in the southwestern Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternity wards, such as this statuette associated with fertility rites, clad in a satin patina ranging from light brown to dark brown to mahogany reflections.
Abrasions, desication cracks. In the 13th century, the people Kongo , 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 ...

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Maternity Pfemba Kongo Yombé
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African art > African Maternity > Yombe Phemba Maternity

Ex-Belgian African art collection.

The Yombe are a subgroup of the Kongo ethnic group. In their statuary, kongo stylistic canons such as eyes encrusted with pieces of glass or mirror give life to the object in addition to the overall realism of the strokes and proportions.
Fertility and progeny, central themes of African cultures, are addressed through this motherhood or phemba. The mother sits and holds a child in her arms.
The patina is smooth and gives in mahogany tones. The mother is awe-down with sculpted necklaces and bracelets. The headdress is engraved with fine geometric patterns.

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 ...


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Fetish statuette Kongo Nkisi
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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 character wants to face. The elements bilongo that exacerbate the power of the fetish, consist of metal inserts, a horn that contained a magic charge, beads, cotton cords and leather. The voluminous hairstyle, placed high on the skull and giving off a shaved forehead, consists of a bouquet of feathers that are held by cords encased with a crusty-looking resinous aggregate.
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 " ...

Statue of Nkondi Nkisi Congo
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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