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Crucufix Congo Nkangi Kiditu (N° 16901)

Among the Kongo in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the crucifix was a symbol of power legitimising its authority among the chief regalia. A ceremony at the inauguration of the chief required the future leader to receive from a dignitary, in a codified ritual, a nkangi kiditu . This insignia of power, inspired by ancient Christian crucifixes imported by the Portuguese in the 16th century, could also have a therapeutic function, and, in addition to various uses, be brandished during funeral ceremonies during which the object was subjected to libations of oil or palm wine. Height on a base: 29 cm.
The cross would not be a specific motive for the Christian world, the Kongo considering that the four branches refer to the cycle of human existence. The Kongo also used an initiation ceremony, the kimpasi , in which the aspirant was subjected to a symbolic ",002 and then a symbolic "-0022. The Kongo applied their worldview to this originally Christian symbol by adapting it to their values.https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/318323Source: "Du Jordan to Congo" ed. Flammarion.  

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OriginCollection privée française
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)bronze
Height22
Width12
Weight0.55 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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