Vintage fertility figure of the Bakongo people of the DR Congo. She's on her knees and holding her breasts.
Bakongo or Kongo people are a Bantu ethnic group who speak the Kikongo language. There are many theories as to how the Kongo people got their name. Some believe the name is derived from the word N’kongo, which means ‘hunter’, but others believe it is meant to mean ‘mountains’ in the Bantu language. There is evidence that the area in which the Kongo people reside has been populated for thousands of years, but there is no indication as to who was living there.
Most art created by the Bakongo is spiritually driven often using sacred medicines, for divine protection. Bakongo legend tells a story about the great god, Ne Kongo, who came down from heaven in a vessel and brought the first nkisi. Nkisi can be as simple as pottery containing herbs or as complex as wooden figures imbued with sacred elements.
- Indigenous object name
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- DR Congo
- Sold with stand
- 15×5×5 cm