Kongo Vili Figurine
Height: 33 cm
Dense wood, satin brown patina, lighter or darker on some parts.
Traces of wear, ventral mirror, the magical load is absent (desecrated?), cowry shells in the fontanelle.
Desiccation crack on the left side, fixed with dark brown coating. Light desiccation crack on the right wrist, it is not broken nor glued back. Light desiccation crack on the left shoulder.
Remains of label under the base.
Estimated age: 1960-1970
Provenance: Albert Chambon collection.
CHAMBON (A,H), Diplomat, Literary Man. Born the 21st of January 1909, he died in 2002 (Wikipedia).
Description of the Kongo (Vili) Nkisi of the Museum of Tervuren:
“This remarkable and enigmatic work comes from Loango, (...) We do not know how to interpret the oblique glance which we can observe on some other KONGO figurines. The indication of the ribs (...) may refer to the illness named lubanzi by the Kongo, meaning “ribs”, referring to pneumonia, as well as other lung diseases. The pulled-out tongue indicates that one must lick the medicine during the ritual associated to this nkisi (...) this was a violent and vengeful nkisi.
MACGAFFEY, Trésors d’Afrique, Musée de Tervuren, 1995, p.286.
- Numero totale di oggetti
- Kongo Vili
- Regione / Paese
- Repubblica Democratica del Congo
- Ciprea, Legno
- Seconda metà XX secolo
- Buone condizioni
- Con supporto incluso
- 33×11×8 cm
- 660 g