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Power Figure (Nkishi)

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Songye
MEDIUM Wood, hide, fur, fabric, feathers, pigment
  • Place Made: Tanganyika Province
  • DATES late 19th or early 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 13 in. (33 cm) top of head to base: 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 73.179.13
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Gaston T. de Havenon
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE front, 73.179.13_front_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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