Tribal art > African Statues > Kongo Fetish
Animal figure Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )in which a magic charge bishimba is concealed. It is contained in a glass cavity placed on the back of the animal.
The power of the fetish, according to local beliefs, was further accentuated by the presence of various accessories, such as nails, cords, metal. Among the Kongo, the dog, renowned for its knowledge of the supernatural world, had a role of mediator between the living and the dead. br />
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the group Kôngo, led by the king Ntotela. Their kingdom reached its apogee in the 16th century with the trade of ivory, copper and slaves. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with codified gestures related to their vision ...