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Nkisi Kozo - Glass, Nail, Wood - Bakongo - DR Congo - Asian African Art
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Nkisi Kozo – Glass, Nail, Wood – Bakongo – DR Congo


Object Nkisi Kozo
Ethnic group: Bakongo
Country: DR Congo
Material: Wood, Glass, Nail
Estimated period: Mid 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 22x47x8 cm
Weight: 2300 gram
Condition: Fair condition, used with some signs of wear

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Although very rare, the Nkisi Kozo plays an important role in the Bakongo world of experience: this 1-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 right front foot is repaired with a nail, which makes the figure stbale.
Old forged nails, metal blades and glass eyes (mirroring to scare away evil spirits).