Lot: 30391 Tribal Art Auction
Nail Fetish "nkisi n'kondi"
D. R. Congo, Dondo / Kamba / Bwende
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Erik Berlin, Malmö, Sweden (1950's)
Jan Lundberg, Malmö, Sweden
Mark Eglinton, New York, USA
Maureen Zarember, New York City, USA
|H: 22 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, iron, plant fibre, cloth, rep., base
The torso is studded by iron nails and metal blades. Nail fetishes were used as vehicles for diviners to communicate with spirits and to cajole them in witnessing human’s activities and deal making.
It was Raoul Lehuard who, in his seminal book, "Art Bakongo, Les Centres de Style" (1989), was the first to identify the "Dondo-Kamba style" in the Niari valley in North-Eastern Kongo country. The style he outlined was defined more precisely by Marc Felix in "Art & Kongos" (1995).