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) (show scale)
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Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Kasongo. Female Figure with Medicinal Charge (Musinju), 19th century. Wood, metal, resin, 8 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 2 in. (21.6 x 6.4 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.817. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.817_SL1_edited_version.jpg)
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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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