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Kongo or OviMbundu religious figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Kongo figure

Carved in dense wood, the sculpture features a woman whose head is turned towards the child she is carrying. A great softness emanates from this figurative scene treated in rounded volumes, and faces with peaceful physiognomies. Mahogany patina with a golden satin finish, kaolin residue.
Inspired by Christian religious subjects, this African sculpture of a saint draped in a stole, carrying a child on her side, reflects the impact of the Christianization of Kongo. When these objects were not made for a local parish, they were frequently reused in fetish cults for diviners and chiefs. Statuettes of a virgin in fact formed the tops of canes of authority mvwala.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé, and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo ...

Statue Nkisi Nkondi Solongo / Woyo
Tribal art > African Statues > Nkondi statue

African Kongo art and its spiritual receptacles
This village fetish relating to the khimba society, has, in Kongo tribal culture, a protective function against witchcraft. This tribal sculpture studded with nails is qualified as a "nkisi" object thanks to the cylindrical receptacle on the abdomen loaded with "bilongo" magical ingredients (organic and vegetable matter). It is closed by a mirror on which a resin has been applied. The glazed look constituting the famous Kongo look suggests an extralucid capacity.

Matt patina, polychrome highlights, cracks. In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads between the present-day DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with ...


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Statue of Congo Nkishi
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Removable arms, fixed horizontally, give a defensive attitude to this Kongo fetish. It is also fitted with an abdominal cavity. Magical ingredients (bilongo), for therapeutic or protective purposes, were to be introduced by the nganga . The Vili produced a variety of sculptures for individual use nkisi , to which multiple virtues were attributed. Wide-eyed eyes symbolize foresight in a face wearing a flat hat. A red textile, highlighted with a nailing, drapes the bust, abdomen and skirt. Patine mate.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the group Kôngo , led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary ...


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Kongo Yombe couple
Tribal art > African Statues > Kongo

These naturalistic figures, carved at the direction of the nganga, priest-devin, feature a couple whose glazed eyes are associated with mediumistic abilities. The Kongo believed that they fostered these gifts through the intake of hallucinogenic plants.
Bright patina with touches of red pigment.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads between present-day DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese made contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of the kingdom following an election held by a council of tribal governors. This king, also called ...


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Sanza Kongo
Tribal art > Djembe TamTam > Sanza Kongo

The diversity of African musical instruments

Tively prevalent in Central Africa, this musical instrument or sanza consists of a sounding board on which parallel metal blades have been attached. The soundboard formed by the support, with holes on the back, contains seeds that produce a sound when the object is manipulated. The slats, of varying lengths, are sometimes made of bamboo. The thumbs of both hands will lean on the board to vibrate the anterior ends of the tabs. In Zaire, however, where all fingers are used as for the piano, groups of instruments play on complementary registers. The instrument will also accompany, sometimes, a singer. Although sanzas are often decorated with traditional motifs, this copy is devoid of them.
as satiny-use silk, crusty scattered ...


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Kongo Nkishi fetish statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Kongo statue

African magic-religious objects.
Consecrated by the priest nganga, this type of African clan sculpture has a magical charge lodged in the glass-sealed ventral cavity. The statue also carries, on the back, a kind of swaddled bundle.
The charge or bilongo consisted of various ingredients from the natural environment including red clay, red wood powder tukula , white clay pembe... , but possibly human fragments such as teeth, nails, hair. The arms are truncated. This fetish of conjuration was thus supposed to influence the health, prosperity, enemies of its holder. The headdress is characteristic of the statuary of Beembe and Yombe, other tribes of the Kongo group. Among the Kongo, the specialist named nganga ,was in charge of rituals by activating a ...


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Statue Congo Vili Nkisi, Nkishi
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Tribal art > African Statues > Kongo Fetish

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 ...

Statuette Congo Yombe
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Tribal art > African fetish > Kongo Fetish

In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between present-day DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of the kingdom following an election held by a council of tribal governors. This king, also known as ntotela , controlled the appointment of court and provincial officials. The nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation with the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures named nkisi . These figures have a magical charge usually lodged on the abdomen behind a mirror ...


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Kongo Command Stick
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Tribal art > Commander stick > Sceptre Congo

French African art collection.
The Kongos (also known as Bakongos, which is the plural of N'Kongo in kikongo, live on the Atlantic Ocean coast of Black Point Africa, (Republic of Congo) as far south as Luanda (Angola) and as far south as Bandundu province (Democratic Republic of Congo). Superbly crafted, the Kongo Command sceptres were, among the jewels, weapons, recades and statuary, the reg regale indispensable to their status and the power of their reign. The ornaments, pictograms and effigies carved on the sticks evoked proverbs, illustrated the qualities of a chief, told, from section to section, the history of the tribe and emphasized the qualities required to rule. Objects belonging to the royal entourage also benefited from the same coded iconography. This emblem of royal ...


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Kongo Nkandi Kiditu Crucifix
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Tribal art > African bronze > Kongo Crucifix

Among Kongo chiefs in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the crucifix stood as a symbol of power and authority among chieftaincy regalia. A ceremony at the investiture of the chief required that the future ruler receive from the hands of a dignitary, in a codified ritual, a nkangi kiditu . This badge of power, inspired by ancient Christian crucifixes imported by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century, could also have a therapeutic function, and, in addition to various uses, was brandished at funeral ceremonies during which the object was subjected to libations of oil or palm wine.
The cross would not be a motif specific to the Christian world, as the Kongo considered the four branches to ...

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Figure of virgin Kongo
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Tribal art > African Statues > Virgo Kongo

Ex-collection African tribal art from Belgium.
. Inspired by Christian religious subjects, this African sculpture depicting a saint from the Catholic liturgy draped in a stole, praying with a rosary in hand, reflects the impact of the Christianization of the kongo. When these objects were not made for a local parish, they were frequently reused in fetishistic cults for diviners and chiefs. Statues of virgins formed the tops of canes of authority mvwala. Carved out of a rectangular block, the sculpture of a figure standing on a pedestal reveals, under the veil, only the face and arms of the effigy in a prayerful attitude. Dark brown patina, satin, locally abraded.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the group Kôngo, ...


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Kongo Nkangi Kiditu crucifix
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Tribal art > Usual african items > Kongo crucifix

Among Kongo chiefs in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the crucifix stood as a symbol of power and authority among chieftaincy regalia. A ceremony at the investiture of the chief required that the future ruler receive from the hands of a dignitary, in a codified ritual, a nkangi kiditu . This badge of power, inspired by ancient Christian crucifixes imported by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century, could also have a therapeutic function, and, in addition to various uses, was brandished at funeral ceremonies during which the object was subjected to libations of oil or palm wine.
The cross would not be a motif specific to the Christian world, as the Kongo considered the four branches to ...

Kongo Sundi fetish statuette
Tribal art > African fetish > Statuette Nsundi

In addition to their weapons and prestige objects and their funerary sculpture, the Sundi made use, individually and collectively, of conjuring fetishes equipped with a magical charge. The latter, protruding, takes the form of an amalgam or bilongo generally consisting of various ingredients from, among other things, the natural environment including red clay, red wood powder tukula, white clay pembe... Crusty patina. Cracks and slight lacks.
The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, headed by the king ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory and copper trade and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary endowed with a codified ...


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Masquette Congo Yombe
Tribal art > African mask > Kongo Mask

Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.

This African mask here in a reduced version was the prerogative of the nganga, priest-devin. This type of mask was named ngobudi in reference to a frightening, terrorizing thing. These mediating masks, also present in initiatory processes, were used by fetishists during healing rituals. At the same time, they were also used to identify individuals who, through their actions, could disturb the harmony of the community. Height on pedestal: 27 cm.
In the thirteenth century, the Kongo people, led by its king Ne Kongo , settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between the current DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. ...


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Kongo Nkisi Fetish Dog
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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 ...


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Crucufix Congo Nkangi Kiditu
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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 ...

Sabre de prestige Kongo
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Tribal art > Usual african items > Sabre Congo

The handle of this object features a female figure in a bust, eyes closed, and arms folded behind the back. In the "geste Kongo" published by the Dapper Museum, the author states that this attitude of concentration is adopted in the face of the prophet or the nganga in order to solve a problem. A crusty rust formed on the blade of the sword.
The Vili, the Lâri, 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 produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. The sorcerers nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation with the God ...


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Kongo Yombe or Vili Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Yombe Mask

This African mask was used by the nganga, soothsayer priest. A mediator mask, also present in the initiation processes, it was also used by the fetishist during healing rituals. At the same time, it could be used to identify individuals who, through their actions, could disturb the harmony of the community. Light wood with a patina of kaolin of which there are still some film residues.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between present-day DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of the ...


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Large statue Kongo Nkondo Nkisi
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Tribal art > African Statues > Kongo Fetish

Impressive warrior frozen in an aggressive posture, tingling a medium dog, the elements giving him additional powers were hidden in a double abdominal cavity. At his feet, a gourd. The multiple nails recorded attest to the agreements made and exacerbate his mystical strength. The beard of this village fetish is made up of nails arranged at regular intervals, then coated with the same crusty patina covering the entire room.
Shez the Kongo, nganga took care of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the terms of 'sacred' or 'divine'. The most influential category of 'minkisi kongo' consisted of instruments to help regional leaders enforce the law. A metal object was nailed to a wooden figure as soon as a decision ...

Statuette Congo Yombé Nkisi
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The Vili, The Lri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kongo formed the group Kôngo , led by the Ntotela King. Their kingdom reached its apogee in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarbeliefs and traditions, they produce a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. In the Kongo, the nganga took care of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the concepts of "sacred" or "divin".This is a protective object in which one or more magical charges are introduced like the statuette çi-contre.
Camped in a determined attitude, this feminine figure imbued with a certain realism was "charged" by the ritual specialist of magic ingredients. These were ...

Anthropomorphic figure Kongo Nkisi
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue of Congo

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, ...





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