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1. DONDO nail fetish, Bacongo, DRC Congo

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) http://amzn.to/1SmLtw6

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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Feedback score: 98.5%
Reviews given: 66
Member since: July 1, 2014
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    great headrest, very quick shipping, always again thanks !!!

    Wodimi March 14, 2017

  • Fantastic pieces, great communication and fast delivery. Great guy, Thank you

    ExquisiteAfricanArt March 6, 2017

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    L'achat n'a pu être finalisé mais le vendeur m'a appelé et j'ai accepté ses explications franches et le remboursement.

    pierreguerin2 February 19, 2017

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    Transaction parfaite

    PRIMDAN February 10, 2017

  • Reclamar a Catawiki a la menor incidencia. La figura llegó mal embalada y rota!. He tenido que devolverla al vendedor y este "señor" no ha querido reembolsarme los gastos. Mal profesional.

    kiti14 January 30, 2017

    Response by seller
    Accidents can happen during transport. the feets of a terracota figure broke during transport.Client has been paid back.

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