Global Art & Artifacts

Nkisi Nkondi. Spiritual. VooDoo. Nail Fetish. Two Headed Wood Figure / Statue. Congo. Kongo. DRC – RDC. Africa

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Coming from the Kongo peoples, a Nkisi refers to the spiritual nature of the figure where nkondi refers to the power of the figure itself. Spiritual and religious specialists – along with these figures – become the village protector, legal expert, healer of the sick, revengers and are even able to end disasters.

This particular nkisi nkondi, gets it power from medicinal substances put in cavities cut into the stomach area. Such medicines attract the spirit power and – in turn – the power is used on behalf of the owner or client of the figure. The power can be either negative or positive.

The glass in the mid-section and eye sockets indicate the gateway between the spirit and human worlds.

This nkisi nkondi with numerous nails is indicative of the crime of stealing property . . . or worse. Each nail represents a restitution oath, an agreement, episode in the village history…. or the number of crimes involved in the revenge. The winding of string or wicker suggests the statue was used as a rite of reconciliation or promises.

For the Serious Collector and a great piece of tribal art. Stands not included.

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