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  • African Kongo Nkama Ntinu staff finial
  • Kongo Nkama Ntinu staff finial

Kongo Nkama Ntinu staff finial


This magnificent Nkama Ntinu Kongo Sundi cane top exhibits external stylistic contributions but jointly presents the features of its own style.

The cap is inspired by the Vili or Yombe headdresses, the undershot face projects forward.

The nose is slightly flattened and the nasal bridge curved inwards. We find an incised dentition.

The lower limbs are short. The fingertips are represented but sculpted with simplicity. This figurative piece emanates a certain popular expressionism rather than a refined court art. The arms join the torso, placing the forearms in parallel.

The African art of the Bakongo, a Bantu ethnic group living mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Congo-Brazzaville, is characterized by a wide variety of forms and materials, ranging from wooden sculptures to masks, including fabrics and regalia.

Statuary is one of the best-known aspects of traditional Kongo art. These figures often represent human characters, animals or mythical figures.

Bakongo sculptures are known for their particular expressiveness as well as their rich codification. Among the famous pieces are magically charged fetishes used for religious rituals and healing ceremonies.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
11 cm
Ethnic group
Kongo / Bakongo
Bone or Ivory
Congo Brazza
Tribal art collection Belgium

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