LUBA Fetish with "Bilongo" on the top of the head - Democratic Republic of the Congo.
LUBA Fetish with "hair" in the ears and "Bilongo" on the top of the head. The Democratic Republic of the Congo
A fetish is a statue or object with magical power, like an amulet, talisman or good luck charm. Common to many tribes was the belief that the fetishes acquired power through the ritualistic carving and consecration, the addition of special substances and the recurring activation of its spirit by offering sacrifices and magic words. Some fetishes have the heads or stomachs hallowed out to hold special substance.
Height 23 cm.
Second half of the 20th century
Overal good condition ; one missing ( old ) part at the base
Delivered on a stand
Wood, hair, brass studs and Magical substance in the head