Tribal art > African Statues > Kongo Fetish
E.g. Belgian collection of African art Mercier.
Plots of elements bilongo (or bolongo) conferring a magical, offensive or defensive virtue, to this nkisi statue are housed in the reliquary, shuttered by a glass, arranged on the abdomen. The face expresses an aggressiveness reinforced by the hollowed-out, gaping mouth, and the woman's gaze. With contrasting colours, the effigy is threatening. The detail of the dorsal ribs could indicate, according to W.MACGAFFEY in "Treasuries of Africa", a respiratory disease.
Abrasions, desication cracks, erosions on the top of the head and base.
The Vili, the Lri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kongo formed the group Kôngo , led by King ntotela . Their kingdom reached its apogee in the 16th century with ...