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DONDO nail fetish, Bacongo, DRC Congo

Lot reference 1693761
DONDO nail fetish, Bacongo,  DRC Congo

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Early to mid-20th century - Good condition- some nails missing

All our exclusive Art may be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp, by appointment.

The Dondo-Kamba style is one of the most realistic in Lower Zaire with concentrated expression of the face, a shell like coiffure and a diamond-shaped tattoo adorning the forehead. The style was first defined by Marc Felix in Art & Kongos (1995)

A Nail Fetish is a protective figure used to protect the village for the biggest ones and individuals and families for the smaller.They made bad spirits go away, cure illnesses or infertility, etc.... After the carving is done the diviner activates the statue, by inserting a nail or metal part for each desired action, when not effective anymore they are abandonned .

This Dondo Nkondi figure covered with some tokula powder and nails and blades was probably used by a family to protect the home, and activated by the spiritual forces of the forest.

PROVENANCE: - Rops in Namur, Belgium
SIZE: 34 cm

Please note: Sold with written description of the tribe and private review by David Norden who guarantees this product's authenticity.

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    lovviere April 18, 2018

  • Objet sympathique, ancien et … dégageant une odeur à vous faire tousser. Merci pour l'envoi rapide et le très bon contact.

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    tatiefraise007 April 9, 2018

  • Excellent seller, transaction went perfect as always. Highly recommended!

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