condition: good make / manufacturer: unknown model name / number: none size / dimensions: 56"
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African Bakongo Nkisi Nkondi Statue Nail Fetish Congo, Africa
56” tall Vintage
People in the Congo believed Nail Fetish Figures possessed magical powers. During a ceremony a figure was pierced with nails or metal blades which were added after each vow of commitment, in order to give the illiterate public a way of ratifying their action, to remain there until the contract was completely fulfilled.
It also used by individuals, families, or whole communities to destroy or weaken evil spirits, prevent or cure illnesses, repel bad deeds, solemnize contracts or oath-taking, and decide arguments.
This piece is in good original condition with normal wear and tear appropriate to age and use.
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