Female Figure with Medicinal Charge (Musinju)
Arts of Africa
The bundle on top of the head of this figure contains magical ingredients meant to draw a spirit into the image, to assist its owner with tasks such as divination. The glossy surface comes from rubbing with palm oil.
Wood, metal, resin
8 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 2 in. (21.6 x 6.4 x 5.1 cm)
This item is not on view
Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
Female figure. Object carried on head. Holes on either side of the head suggest that it was used as a pendant. Covered with heavy coat of sticky oil. Will probably continue to exude oil to some extent even when some is removed by conservators.
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