Kongo Nkisi Nkondi fetish figure
This african wooden statuette was loaded by a Bakongo witch doctor in the first half of the 20th century. There is an important magic charge aggregated around the trunk. It is traditionally composed of various elements including plant materials, sacrificial materials, seeds, cowries and cords. An imposing horn has been planted in the back of the figure while the eyes are encrusted with shards of glass.
The magic charge bears the name of Nkisi, installed on the Nkondi figurine. This statuette was worshiped by its original owner or by a sorcerer to appease and content the spirits ruling the world. In order to activate its power, the sorcerer (nganga) insulted it, sang or inserted a nail, blade or horn into its body.
- Presumed dating
- Circa 1940
- 15,5 cm
- Ethnic group
- Wood, accessories
- Tribal art collection Belgium
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