1st quarter of the 20th century - Good condition
The Nkondi is a mediator between God and men.
Used and crafted by the Nganga (shaman) in case of infertility, illness or threat. Thus, this is a personal figurine. The shaman used the following materials: iron, fabric, nails, sisal cord, glass, colour pigments, traces of offered palm oil, etc. For the KONGO peoples from the Mayombe area, from where the nailed figurines come from, they had a magical loading due to the spirits of the ancestors which were housed by it. The figurines were used for disasters: for illnesses, when a crime was committed or in judicial disputes. The victim could via the healer give the command to the figurine to track down and punish the evil-doer. A significant power was attributed to the figurines. In order to activate the spiritual force of the figurine, it has a little backpack for magical substances.
This powerful item is partially smeared with brown and blue pigments, and it has glass-eyes. It has a little cabinet at the level of the navel which contains magical herbs, with a little mirror in front, it is the “eye of the soul”.
Once crafted and activated by the Nganga, the personal Nkondi were placed at home, on an altar. Good condition, given its age-use, with traces of liquid offerings with pigments-palm oil. Have a good look at the pictures.
Dimensions: 31 cm x 12 cm ; Weight: 0,470 kilograms. Bibliography ; MAYOMBE-Rituele beelden uit Congo - Jo Tollebeek-Lannoo. Bibliography: Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. De Tribal Arts van Afrika. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc.,
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