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Nkisi maphana statuette
Gekozen door Friedrich W. Nagel
Nkisi maphana statuette
Nkisi maphana statuette
The famous nkisi (charms) of the different Kongo peoples are amongst the best known creations of Congolese art; numerous examples are conserved in the museum collections. A nkisi can consist of a sculpture to which different bilongo (magical charges), principally from the animal, mineral, or plant kingdom, are attached.
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The Africa Museum in Tervuren has a large and high quality collection of subjects of Central Tropical Africa, with good explanations of the origin and meaning of the items exposed.

— Friedrich W. Nagel