A Kongo fetish-figure (Nkisi Nkondi)

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A Kongo fetish-figure (Nkisi Nkondi), Zaire, covered with numerous fetish attachments like fabrics, leather strings, cowrie shells etc., the large, encrusted head with glass-eyes-inlays, blackened surface.

“Sacred medicines and divine protection are central to the belief of the Kongo peoples (Democratic Republic of Congo). The Kongo believe that the great god, Ne Kongo, brought the first sacred medicine (or nkisi) down from heaven in an earthenware vessel set upon three stones or termite mounds.

A nkisi (plural: minkisi) is loosely translated as a “spirit” yet it is represented as a container of sacred substances which are activated by supernatural forces that can be summoned into the physical world. Visually, these minkisi can be as simple as pottery or vessels containing medicinal herbs and other elements determined to be beneficial in curing physical illness or alleviating social ills. In other instances minkisican be represented as small bundles, shells, and carved wooden figures. Minkisi represent the ability to both ‘contain’ and ‘release’ spiritual forces which can have both positive and negative consequences on the community.


500 – 600,- Euro

Height: 31 cm
Weight: 560 g

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Weight 0.560 kg