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Power Figure (Nkishi)

Arts of Africa

On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
MEDIUM Wood, hide, fur, fabric, feathers, pigment
DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) top of head to base 13 in. (33.0 cm) overall  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Gaston T. de Havenon
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CAPTION Songye. Power Figure (Nkishi), late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, hide, fur, fabric, feathers, pigment, 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) top of head to base. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Gaston T. de Havenon, 73.179.13. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE right, 73.179.13_right_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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