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Unique and Rare Nkondi Nkisi Nail Fetish Statue. Shaman. Nganga. Sculpture. Kongo. DRC. Congo.

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    Created by a shaman or Nganga who gathers spiritual items (organic materials, medicines, etc) which is placed in hollow cavities in the abdomen (and sometime the forehead). In this case, such spiritual items are behind a glass shield. Nails are driven into the statue as a… Continue reading

Old Tribal Bakongo Double-Faced Mask with Fetish / Nkisi Nails and Head Cap. Manyanga Tribe. Kongo Kingdom. DRC. Africa

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    The Manyanga tribe live on the right bank of the Zaire (aka Congo) River. The location is near the tributary of the Lefini River.   This is a relatively unknown tribe whose artists are known for their elongated faces, rounded cheeks, carefully rendered faces and nails.  … Continue reading

Old Tribal Bakongo Mask with Fetish / Nkisi Nails and Head Cap. Manyanga Tribe. Kongo Kingdom. DRC. Africa

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    The Manyanga tribe live on the right bank of the Zaire (aka Congo) River. The location is near the tributary of the Lefini River.   This is a relatively unknown tribe whose artists are known for their elongated faces, rounded cheeks, carefully rendered faces and nails.  … Continue reading

Very Old Bakongo Death Mask. DRC. Congo. Africa.

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    The solidarity of the Bakongo people has a long history based on the dynamics of the Kongo Kingdom, first discovered in the fifteenth century by a Portuguese explorer.   There are numerous subgroups / tribes that make up the cultural and spiritual complex. Examples: the Vili,… Continue reading

Suku Helmet Mask. Basuku People. Rite of Passage. Kholuka. DNC / Zaire. Africa

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  Suku people have lived in the southwestern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formally Zaire) since the 16th Century. Their economic source is farming but occasionally join in communal hunts.   Suku’s are known for their large carved figures (e.g. fertility figures, crouching fetish figures, ancestral statues… Continue reading

Helmet Mask. Suku or Basuku People. Rite of Passage. Kholuka. DNC / Zaire. Africa

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  Suku people have lived in the southwestern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formally Zaire) since the 16th Century. Their economic source is farming but occasionally join in communal hunts.   Suku’s are known for their large carved figures (e.g. fertility figures, crouching fetish figures, ancestral statues… Continue reading

Huge and Rare Yombe Nkisi / Nkondi Three – Faced Statue. Vili / Loango Tribe. DRC / Congo. Africa

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  During the 13th Century, the Kongo people began their expansion into Gabon, Zaire and Angola. One of the original tribes was called the Vili that now stretches across the coasts of Gabon and parts of the old Zaire.   Nail fetishes (aka Nkondi) are created to carry a… Continue reading

Chokwe – Expressive Pwo Mask, Congo Africa

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Detail: From the Chokwe people of Congo, Angola and Zambia. Represents the ancestral spirit of Pwo, the archetype of female beauty and womanhood . . . fertility. Woven locks with animal hide and shells for headband. Carved from wood. Stand not included. For the Serious Collector.

Old Jokwe Mask, Congo Africa

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Jokwe, Chokwe or Tchokwe are governed by a king (Mwana Ngana). This tribe is vigorous and courageous hunters and agriculturists. Netting and shells that form the headdress are from the sea. Circa mid-1900’s. From my private collection. Pristine condition. For the Serious Collector.… Continue reading

Chokwe – Chihongo Spirit Mask, Congo Africa

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From Congo/Angola/Zambia area where the Chokwe population resides. Chihongo is the male spirit of wealth and power. This older tribal art mask was used in ceremonial events. Ratan and feathers form the headgear and woven rope form the bib. Carved from native wood. Stand not included.
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