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Powerful African Tribal Art, Bakongo Nkisi Kozo (Dog) Fetish

Kongo (Bakongo, Bashikongo, Kakongo), Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dimension

24” x 10” x 10”

Wood,Mirror,Nails
Mid 20th Century
Age Cracks & old repair, wood deterioration, overall condition good, chips and scrapes.
Kongo carvers produced wooden carvings (minkisi, singular: nkisi) in human form, which were used in rituals to solve problems or to gain wealth, and also in the form of animals, particularly the double-headed dog, Kozo.
Among the Kongo wild animals are associated with the dead, who are buried away from villages, either in the forests or across rivers. Domesticated animals such as dogs live in villages but are used to hunt game in the forests. They are, therefore, considered as mediators between the worlds of the living and the dead.
Powerful medicines bound with resin or clay, a substance particularly associated with the dead, are placed on the animal’s back; these empower the figure to act on behalf of the nganga. #perro #dog #fetish #nganga #fetishdog #twoheaddog #africanart #africa #santeria #palo #macumba #voodoo #hoodoo #brujo #brujeria #kongo #congo #arteafricano #orisha #espiritista #spells #occult #pagan #witch #etsy #etsyshop #miperro #forsale #wood #carving #insta #instaart

amazingmagicalspells:

Powerful African Tribal Art, Bakongo Nkisi Kozo (Dog) Fetish

Kongo (Bakongo, Bashikongo, Kakongo), Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dimension

24” x 10” x 10”

Wood,Mirror,Nails
Mid 20th Century
Age Cracks & old repair, wood deterioration, overall condition good, chips and scrapes.
Kongo carvers produced wooden carvings (minkisi, singular: nkisi) in human form, which were used in rituals to solve problems or to gain wealth, and also in the form of animals, particularly the double-headed dog, Kozo.
Among the Kongo wild animals are associated with the dead, who are buried away from villages, either in the forests or across rivers. Domesticated animals such as dogs live in villages but are used to hunt game in the forests. They are, therefore, considered as mediators between the worlds of the living and the dead.
Powerful medicines bound with resin or clay, a substance particularly associated with the dead, are placed on the animal’s back; these empower the figure to act on behalf of the nganga. #perro #dog #fetish #nganga #fetishdog #twoheaddog #africanart #africa #santeria #palo #macumba #voodoo #hoodoo #brujo #brujeria #kongo #congo #arteafricano #orisha #espiritista #spells #occult #pagan #witch #etsy #etsyshop #miperro #forsale #wood #carving #insta #instaart

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A fetish is an object with magical powers drawn form the life form contained in the materials attached to it. A man seeking success in love, hunting, or war, or a woman wishing to protect her child from sickness could consult the owner of the fetish. Only he (or she) could active its power, usually by driving a nail into the figure and reciting appropriate verses. When this fetish was used, special shells, seeds, or cloth were hung upon it, as well as small figures whose heads and bellies where covered with strong medicines. 
FETISH FIGURE Kongo People. Congo (Kinshasa) Wood, pigment, nails, blades, cloth, beads, shells, leather, twine, nuts, clay. 23 1/8 ” high

19th-20th Century

A fetish is an object with magical powers drawn form the life form contained in the materials attached to it. A man seeking success in love, hunting, or war, or a woman wishing to protect her child from sickness could consult the owner of the fetish. Only he (or she) could active its power, usually by driving a nail into the figure and reciting appropriate verses. When this fetish was used, special shells, seeds, or cloth were hung upon it, as well as small figures whose heads and bellies where covered with strong medicines. 

FETISH FIGURE Kongo People. Congo (Kinshasa) Wood, pigment, nails, blades, cloth, beads, shells, leather, twine, nuts, clay. 23 1/8 ” high

19th-20th Century