BAKONGO STYLE NKONDI FETISH FIGURES 3, Congo

Authentic Bakongo fetishes are rare. While originating from the African continent, these fetish figures are likely not created by the tribe who invented the design. The tribal attribution indicates the origin of the design, not the object.


Bakongo Style
Fetish 37
28.5" high
$1500 

Bakongo Style
Fetish 34
23.5" high
$800

 

Bakongo Style
Fetish 40
29.5" high
$1500

Bakongo Style
Fetish 30
27" high
$800

 Bakongo Style
Fetish 11
12" high
$200

Bakongo Style
Fetish 56
15.5" high
$450 

Bakongo Style
Fetish 54
23" high
$450

Bakongo Style
Fetish 48
23.5" high
$500

Bakongo Style
Fetish 50
25.5" high
$400

Bakongo Style
Fetish 58
14" high
$350

Bakongo Style
Fetish 57
10.5" high
$160

Bakongo Style
Head Festish 1
9.5" high
$800

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BAKONGO STYLE, NKONDI FETISH FIGURES 3, 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.

Small Nkondi figures were family owned and were used to protect the home, larger ones would protect an entire village. 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.


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