Power Figure (Nkishi)
Arts of Africa
On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
Wood, hide, fur, fabric, feathers, pigment
late 19th or early 20th century
13 in. (33 cm)
top of head to base: 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Gaston T. de Havenon
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Songye. Power Figure (Nkishi), late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, hide, fur, fabric, feathers, pigment, 13 in. (33 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Gaston T. de Havenon, 73.179.13. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 73.179.13_front_PS6.jpg)
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Wooden fetish figure, covered from the neck down with hide, fur, rope, and knotted fabric. On face, only the nose, mouth and chin are indicated. Feathers emerge from top of head- beige, brown, and black colors. Traces of red pigment on head and on much of body covering. CONDITION: Small opening in center of forehead. Check on right side of head. Small bits of white cotton on body covering is very dry with caking throughout.
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