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Statue Congo Vili Nkisi, Nkishi (N° 15111)

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 the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarly beliefs and traditions, they produce a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their vision of the world Wizards nganga , both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards 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 of 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 type of fetish, still in use despite colonial repression, still appears today in various forms, sometimes only amalgamations of various materials tied together. The ritual surrounding their use, however, remains more discreet. Source: "The gesture Kôngo" Ed. Dapper Museum.  

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OriginEx. collection Mercier
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, verre
Height86
Width25
Weight8.00 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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