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Bronze Kongo statuette
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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.
With the Kongo, the nganga took on ...

Kongo Maternity Figure
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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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Bira Mask
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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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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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Maternity figure Kongo Yombe Pfemba
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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
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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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Pirogue Kongo
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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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Statue nkisi Congo Yombe
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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
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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
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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
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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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Kongo fly-hunting
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Ex-Swiss African art collection.
An anthropomorphic handle is the handle of this flyhunt. The statuette has a glass-encrusted look with black pupils, evoking an acute spiritual perception. The high diginitary headdress is replaced here by a tuft of crins fixed in the wood. The nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation with 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 with all the ingredients necessary to achieve this goal. It is not the morphology of the sculpture that determines its use, but everything that is added to the receptacle built for this destination. This implies that the Nkissi does ...


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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 ...

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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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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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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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.
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Statuette Congo Yombe Nkisi
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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.
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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.
This realistic sculpture, ...


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