BAKONGO FETISHES ARCHIVES, CONGO

NOTE: The figures below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes. To see pages of these that are available go to BAKONGO FETISHES 3.

Bakongo 18
SOLD

 Bakongo 29
SOLD

Bakongo 47
SOLD


Bakongo 49
SOLD

Bakongo 52
SOLD

 

Bakongo 53
SOLD

 

Bakongo 59
SOLD

Bakongo 60
SOLD

Bakongo 61
SOLD

Bakongo 63
SOLD

Bakongo 64
SOLD

Bakongo 65
SOLD
 

Bakongo 66
SOLD

 Bakongo 51
SOLD

 Bakongo 55
SOLD

Bakongo 62
SOLD

 Bakongo 41
SOLD

Bakongo 33
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 1
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 2
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 3
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 4
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 5
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 6
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 7
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 8
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 9
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 10
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 18
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 12
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 13
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 14
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 15
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 17
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 18
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 19
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 20
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 21
SOLD

 Bakongo
Fetish 22
SOLD

 Bakongo
fetish 23
SOLD

  Bakongo
Fetish 24
SOLD

 Bakongo
Fetish 25
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 26
SOLD



Bakongo
Fetish 27
SOLD



Bakongo
Fetish 28
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 31
SOLD



Bakongo
Fetish 32
SOLD



Bakongo
Fetish 29
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 35
SOLD



Bakongo
Fetish 36
SOLD

Bakongo
Fetish 38
SOLD



Bakongo
Fetish 42
SOLD



Bakongo
Fetish 43
SOLD

 Bakongo
Fetish 44
SOLD



Bakongo
Fetish 45
SOLD



Bakongo
Fetish 46
SOLD


Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAKONGO, NKONDI FETISH FIGURES, Congo

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.

These Nkondi figures were family owned and were used to protect the home. Covered with bags of magical herbs and studded with blades and nails, which, when driven in, activated its spiritual power. The mirror on the abdomen covers a filled cavity and reflected back evil spirits.

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

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