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Kongo statue (N° 22145)

African sculpture equipped with a glazed receptacle for ingredients for therapeutic or prophylactic purposes. A bag, on the back, is tied around the bust as well as two small bundles along the arms. The gaze refers to mediumistic capacities. Figure sometimes illustrating a proverb, the character is represented here perched on a zoomorphic figure emblematic of specific clans, in this case a turtle.
Erosions, lacks and desication cracks.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary endowed with a codified gesture in relation to their vision of the world. The nganga sorcerers, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures. Aggressive kindoki sorcery is the absolute evil that must be fought. To this end, nkisi protective figures are made and loaded by the nganga with all the ingredients necessary to achieve this goal.
Source: "The Kôngo gesture" Ed. Dapper Museum; "Animal" ed. Dapper Museum; "Art and Kongos" M.L. Felix.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, verre, fibres et seedsvégétales
Height cm63
Width17 cm
Weight4.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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