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Statuette Congo Yombe (N° 16357)

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 the appointment of court and provincial officials. The nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation with the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures named nkisi . These figures have a magical charge usually lodged on the abdomen behind a mirror closing the cavity. Our copy without arms and its magical accessories has been desecrated, the load being missing. The hollowed-out eyes, wide, reveal a state of trance and evoke psychic qualities. Satin patina with residual granular inlays.  

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Originex-collection Mercier
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height40
Width11
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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