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Nkisi Kozo – Glass, Nail, Wood – Bakongo – Congo


Object Nkisi Kozo
Ethnic group: Bakongo
Country: DR Congo
Material: Wood, Nail, Glass
Estimated period: Late 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 19x43x15 cm
Weight: 1900 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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SKU: 22.6 Category: Tags: , , ,

Powerfull Nkisi Kozo from the Bakongo tribe of DR Congo.
The Nkisi Kozo plays an important role in the Bakongo world of experience: this 2-headed Nkisi statue is the connection between the worlds of the living and the dead. These Nkisi statues are always provided with dog’s heads because dogs are seen as the ultimate witch hunters.
Kozo statues are always richly provided with nails, metal blades, bones and other attributes which were applied by the Nganga (medicine man, fortune teller) to sanction requests or promises from tribe members.
This early specimen is in a fair condition with traces of wear and tear. The legs seemed to be restored.
Old forged nails, metal blades and glass eyes (mirroring to scare away evil spirits).



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