Tribal art > African fetish > Kongo Fetish
The look symbolizing mediumistic abilities, a hallucinogenic root between the teeth, this African statue displays a bust with a receptacle for magical substances. This type of African sculpture sometimes illustrates a proverb. Crusty patina imprinted with kaolin, desiccation cracks.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by the ntotela king. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary with codified gestures in relation to their vision of the world.
The nganga sorcerers, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through ...