BAKONGO

  • Bakongo Fetish (LMIN 023)

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    This is a rare interesting wooden figure originating from the Bakongo, a group of people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bakongo sculptures fall into various categories and their representations vary according to function and meaning. Most of the figures represent elites and royals with many acting as power figures, others were sculpted to serve as ancestral representations or as shrine objects. They usually have magical materials attached. Diviners or priests would encrust pieces of glass in the eyes of the sculptures and these mirrors have the same meaning as the white pigment on the eyes of this figure which is to accentuate a sense of mystery and its ability to see the future. The diviner (nganga) was believed to have the power of being able to read the invisible. This figure has a coffee brown patina and looks old with signs of usage all over it. Material: Wood, White pigment Age:50-60yrs Origin: Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition: Slight crack across the back due to old age

  • Bakongo Mask (LMIN 045)

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    This mask originates from the Bakongo a group of people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their kingdom consisted of some thirty groups at its beginning. Its original inhabitants occupied a narrow corridor south of the Congo River from present-day Kinshasa to the port city of Matadi in the lower Congo. Bakongo masks often known to be expressive masks. The masks were used during initiations and funerals of important individuals, or they may have social control functions or used by diviners and healers to exercise power. This particular mask has interesting facial features, carved with great concern for detail and naturalistic expression. Among the Kongo people, red represented bravery, black represented darkness, and white to illustrated knowledge or femininity, fertility and social harmony. This mask has white paint, red pigment around the lips and black pigment that runs from the back edges of the mask, it shows visible signs of usage and considerable age. Material: Wood, paint, and Kaolin Age:50-60yrs Origin: Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition: Good

  • Congo Stone(LMCL 021)

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    This is a stone carving collected from the congo.....we have not been able to identify where it could have been collected collected or what ethnic grouping, Material:Clay Age:approximately 50-60 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo Condtion:Very good

  • Yombe Statue (LMIN 024)

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    yombe statue This is a beautiful wooden statue from the Yombe people. The Yombe reside mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo Zambia and Angola. Yombe art forms are greatly influenced by the Kongo kingdom. They are artistically prolific and famous for carving the Nkisi and Phemba statues. Art forms of Yombe included maternity figures, seated kings, objects of prestige, and nail and mirror fetishes. Such Yombe female Phembastatues are used in divinatory practices or associated with fertility rites. All Phemba figures represent women in seated, cross-legged, or kneeling poses. Women are an important Yombe symbol because they are considered to be a nurturing force. Also considered to be seers and guardians of the spirit. The example here has a brown patina, visible signs of old age and natural abrasion. Material: Lightwood Age: 50-60yrs Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Condition: Good

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