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Authentic African Fetish Figure

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Authentic African Fetish Figure

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.

Bokongo/ Nkondi

The tribal attribution indicates

the origin of the design, not the object.

From the Belgium Congo

Dimensions: 37″ Ht, 14″ W, 14″ D

$490