Power Figure (Nkishi)
The Tetela and the Songye are closely related groups who make figures for personal religious rituals. Carving styles and materials for these figures are as diverse as their individual functions. A figure may be used to cure illness, bring wealth, or ensure good hunting. This figure includes fur wrapped tightly around its body and a horn from an antelope projecting from its head.
- Culture: Tetela
- Medium: Wood, fur, hide, fiber, horn
- Place Made: Maniema Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dates: early 20th century
- Dimensions: 17 in. (43.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 72.102.4
- Credit Line: Gift of Fernandez Arman to the Jennie Simpson Educational Collection of African Art
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Tetela. Power Figure (Nkishi), early 20th century. Wood, fur, hide, fiber, horn, 17 in. (43.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Fernandez Arman to the Jennie Simpson Educational Collection of African Art, 72.102.4. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Human figure completely covered except for head. Body fully enveloped with fur, hide and bound in rope. Head has conical headdress.
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)