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Sculptures & Statues - African Fetish - Vatican
Nkondi plural varies minkondi , zinkondi , or ninkondi  are mystical idols made by the Kongo people of the Congo region. Nkondi are a subclass of minkisi that are considered aggressive. The name nkondi derives from the verb -konda , meaning "to hunt" and thus nkondi means "hunter" because they can hunt down and attack wrong-doers, witches, or enemies. The primary function of a nkondi is to be the home of a spirit which can travel out from its base, hunt down and harm other people. Many nkondi were publicly held and were used to affirm oaths, or to protect villages and other locations from witches or evildoers. This is achieved by enlisting spiritual power through getting them to inhabit minkisi like nkondi.
Fetish Figures Of Equatorial Africa
By: H. The Museum is about to open a new exhibition of African and South Pacific Art and the time is appropriate to look for the motives that underlie these products. The exhibition will be more intelligible and interesting if seen in connection with the following related facts.
Figure 1. Nkisi figure. Museum No. Photograph by Victoria Hobbs. Copyright Horniman Museum click image for larger version.