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Statue of Congo Nkisi Yombé
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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 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 ...

Fetish statuette Nkisi Kongo Vili
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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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Ancestor figure Kongo Yombe
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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 ...

Fetish statuette Nkisi Kongo
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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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Maternity figure Yombe Pfemba
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African art > African Statues > Statue Yombe

Tribal sculpture of the Kongo , this female effigy seated in a tailor embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure, evidenced by the orange scarifications of the back. 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 glazed, underlining the ability of the ancestor to discern occult things. Reddish varnished patina.
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 ...


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Statue of Nkondi Nkisi Congo
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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 comb
African art > Usual african items > Peinge Congo

This prestigious comb with a feminine patterned handle was used to shape the braided hairstyles of its owner. This type of hair adornment was patiently developed around a structure, which required long hours. The figurative combs, containing figures and motifs associated with the cosmos and the myths of the clan, are indeed widespread throughout West and Central Africa, where the art of styling 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.
Smooth-used patina.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Dondo/Kamba, the Yombé and the Kongo constituted the Kongo group, led by King ntotela . Their kingdom reached its apogee in the 16th ...


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Small Kongo Yombe mask
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A panage of the nganga, the konko priest of Kongo, this African mask of small size and realistic type takes up kongo characters such as the look at the pierced pupil. 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.
Orange brown patina, abrasions. Tiny residues of red pigments on the eyes and mouth. Excellent condition.
In the 13th century, the Kongo ...


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Statuette Congo Yombe Nkisi
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African art > African Statues > Statuette congo

African ritual objects have various appearances, such as this tribal sculpture of the kongo , where a kneeling female effigy 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 diamonds in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The open mouth shows off traditionally lined teeth, and the eyes are glazed, emphasizing the grandfather's ability to perceive the afterlife, to discern hidden things. The four miniature figures, image of the clan, support her with their arms raised. This type of statuette also adorned the top of the prestige canes, mwala . Dark satin patina. Cracks.
Belonging to the Kongo group, the Yombe are based on the west coast of ...


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Statue ritual Congo Yombe
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The Vili, Lri, Sûndi, Woyo, Bembé, Bwende, Yombé and Kôngo were the group Kôngo , led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its apogee 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 Yombe se are established on the west coast of Africa, in the southwestern Republic of Congo and in Angola. The sorcerers nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation with the God called Nzambi through 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.
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Statuette Nkisi Lumweno
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African art > African Statues > FéticheNkisi

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 ...

Nganga Kongo Yombe Mask
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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
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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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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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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 ...

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Kongo Phemba Maternity
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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 Yombe Mask
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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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