Rare Iron Bakongo Power figure (Nkisi n’kondi) With Iron Ore Charm In The Belly - DRC - Congo (1) - Iron, Iron Ore - Power figure (Nkisi n’kondi) - Bakongo - Congo DRC

Description
Rare Iron Bakongo Power figure (Nkisi n’kondi) With Iron Ore Charm In The Belly - DRC - Congo (1) - Iron, Iron Ore - Power figure (Nkisi n’kondi) - Bakongo - Congo DRC
1st half 20th century - Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear

Sacred medicines and divine protection are central to the belief of the Kongo peoples (D. Rep. of Congo). The Kongo believe that the great god, Ne Kongo, brought the first sacred medicine (or nkisi, plural: minkisi) down from heaven in an earthenware vessel.

Minkisi can be represented as small bundles, shells, carved wooden or metallic figures. Medicinal combinations called bilongo are sometimes stored in the head of the figure but frequently in the belly of the figure.

Seeds may be inserted to tell a spirit to replicate itself. Claws may incite the spirits to grasp something while stones may activate the spirits to pelt enemies or protect one from being pelted, such as in this case with an Iron ore stone inserted in the belly.

Minkisi represent the ability to both ‘contain’ and ‘release’ spiritual forces which can have both positive and negative consequences on the community.

Provenance: From the private collection of a French citizen, after have it inherited from his late grandfather, who worked as chief engineer in the mining company "Compagnie minière de l'Ogooué" (COMILOG) developing infrastructure around the Franceville region in the 1950s.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Rare Iron Bakongo Power figure (Nkisi n’kondi) With Iron Ore Charm In The Belly - DRC - Congo
Indigenous object name
Power figure (Nkisi n’kondi)
Ethnic group/ culture
Bakongo
Region/ country
Congo DRC
Material
Iron, Iron Ore
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
11×5×5 cm
Weight
290 g
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