BAKONGO ANIMAL FETISHES, CONGO

Old Bakongo fetishes are very rare. Despite their appearance, these animal fetishes show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.


 

Dog Fetish 5
15" long
$500

 

Dog Fetish 5
15" long
$500

 

Dog Fetish 6
26" long
$450

 

Dog Fetish 6
26" long
$450

 

Dog Fetish 11
29" long
$700

 

Dog Fetish 11
29" long
$700

Dog Fetish 13
22" long
$500

Dog Fetish 13
22" long
$500

  

Dog Fetish 14
22.5" long
$600

Dog Fetish 14
22.5" long
$600

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BAKONGO, ANIMAL FETISHES, Congo

Fetishes were protective figures used by individuals, families, or whole communities. They were used 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.

These figures take the form of a dog, because of its ability to protect and to search out evil forces. The nails or blades, when driven in, activated the figure's spiritual power. Small figures were family owned and were used to protect the home, larger ones would protect an entire village.

 

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