Kneeling Prisoner Mirror Fetish – Congo

Kneeling Prisoner Mirror Fetish

Region: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Nkisi-The best known of Kongo art is the nkisi, a term which is untranslatable, but which refers to carved figures which are used for dealing with problems ranging from public strife, theft and disease to the hope of seducing women and becoming wealthy. An nkisi generally contains relics from someone who has died, or clay from the cemetery. It also contains medicines. When there are nails or blades protruding, it is called an nkonde, which means “the hunter.” The nkonde are the most powerful of the nkisi.

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