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Kashiankolo statue
Kashiankolo statue
The kashiankolo was a very powerful charm that was reputedly dangerous because it was capable of killing. Its twisted hands look like those of a corpse.
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Bia mortar
Bia mortar
This type of mortar was primarily used to crush kola nuts or chilli/pepper. These stimulants reduced to powder could then be dilued in water in order to prepare an energising drink.
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Nkisi nkonde statue
Nkisi nkonde statue
The nkonde are actually nkisi (charms) working for the good of the community. The nkonde track down criminals and sorcerers and could use their powers to strike them with one or several serious illnesses. This example could be called Mungundu, a nkonde associated with illnesses that provoke hemoptysis.
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Mask
Mask
These masks belonged to the weetshi (soothsayer) of the southern Tetela, whose job it was to track down people who practiced doka (black magic). The weetshi put the mask on before appearing, still and silent, to the crowd.
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Statue
Statue
This sculpture is connected with the worship of ancestors descended from important lineages. Certain dawa (charms) belonging to the dead person represented could be placed beside him or attached to the sculpture.
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Red-fronted parrot
Red-fronted parrot
The red-fronted parrot (Poicephalus gulielmi), also known as the Jardine's parrot, is a medium-sized mainly green parrot endemic across wide areas of Africa.
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Two-edged sword
Two-edged sword
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Watercolor
Watercolor
Banana Point, estuary of the Congo River according to Dr Charvanne. Charles Callewaert (Belgian, Antwerp, 1855 – Ghent, 1945).
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calcite
calcite
The presence of cobalt in the Copperbelt of Katanga is also apparent from the purple tint of usually colourless minerals such as calcite
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