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Ntadi (Funerary Figure)

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The Mboma, a sub-group of the Kongo ethnic group in the Boma region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, carve and display mintadi (sing. ntadi; referring to the soft stone they are made of; also called bitumba, sing....


Nkangi Kiditu (Christ the Protector Crucifix)

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The Kongo Kingdom first made contact with the Portuguese in 1493 when explorer Diogo Cão, along with Catholic priests, explored the Congo river. This initial contact eventually led to the establishment of trade partnerships....


Muzidi (Ancestor Figure)

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The Bembe, a sub-group of the larger Kongo ethnic group of Democratic Republic of the Congo, make use of two key types of figures: ancestral figures used to represent and honour deceased community leaders, and another group of...


Nkiteki (Ancestor Figure)

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The Bembe, a sub-group of the larger Kongo ethnic group of the Democratic Republic of Congo, make use of two key types of figures: ancestral figures used to represent and honour deceased community leaders, and another group of...


Nkiteki (Ancestor Figure)

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The Bembe, a sub-group of the larger Kongo ethnic group of the Democratic Republic of Congo, make use of two key types of figures: ancestral figures used to represent and honour deceased community leaders, and another group of...


Boli (Nyama Power Figure)

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The Bamana harness supernatural energy (nyama) to resolve disputes, cure illnesses, hunt down witches and other negative spiritual forces, and to generally protect the community from harm. To help harness nyama, boliw (sing....