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Anthropomorphic figure Kongo Nkisi (N° 18248)

In place of the magic charge or bilongo placed behind the glass of the abdominal cavity, it is a face that appears here on this amazing kongo figure. The arms, raised, are connected to the headdress by textile ties. We do not have information about the context of the use of this piece. The headdress is characteristic of the statuary Beembé and Yombé, other tribes of the Kongo group.
Chez the Kongo, the specialist named 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 'sacred' or 'divine' These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men, bulwark against diseases and evil spells. Large, nkonde , nkond i, are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or family. " The Kongo Gesture Ed. Musée Dapper  

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Originex-collection Cheminal
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, verre, textile, graines
Height70
Width18
Weight1.90 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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