This is a great Bakongo Yombe Nail and Blade Fetish Statue from the Congo. The Congo empire was one of the most dominate and renowned powers throughout Africa. Today the Kongo are found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Congo descendants are divided into a great many subgroups notably the Woyo, Msundi and Yombe . Every Congo group has many cults and societies that revolve around their strong beliefs in supernatural forces and spirits of the dead. Their diverse ritual pieces are some of the most magically powerful and important art produced on the continent. The relations between the living and which lies beyond are harmonized by ancestral spirits, natural spirits (bakinda), local spirits (bisimbi) and ambivalent forces (minkisi). These supernatural entities are evoked by the village Nganga and elders. They are often asked to heal, to empower, to ensure success to bless and to protect individuals or the entire tribe. Magical substances or medicines called "bilongo": blood, hair, bones, feathers, earth, shells, fiber twine, clay, nails, seeds are used singularly or in combinations to empower ritual objects. The use of nails and blades usually denote a blood "promise" made to the tribe, king or ancestor by an individual or individuals. A promise that if broken results in death. Such magical-religious paraphernalia is normally found on statues, "fetishes" called Nkisi and Nkonde. Fetishes were protective figures used by individuals, families, or whole communities to destroy or weaken evil spirits, prevent or cure illnesses, repel bad deeds, solemnize contracts or oath-taking, and decide arguments. A diviner or holy person would activate the statue, using magical substances.Fetishes gained power and were effective because people believed in them.This is a wonderfully unique caved statue representing the power it evokes. This Fetish would be a wonderful addition to your collection or home.
Shows age, discoloration, but overall in good condition
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