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Male Figure with Strips of Hide (Nkisi)

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, hide, glass mirror, resin, textile, and metal
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 16 1/2 × 14 1/2 × 13 1/2 in. (41.9 × 36.8 × 34.3 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS cursive on paper ahdered to figure's back reads: "[???]bi [???]tisha quere [???]e la [pluare?] [???]kweyu[m?--]" from conservation report 02/17/2023
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
PROVENANCE Prior to 1922, provenance not yet documented; by 1922, acquired by François Poncelet of Brussels, Belgium; 1922, purchased in Brussels from François Poncelet by Stewart Culin for the Brooklyn Museum.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Male figure with glass mirror in eyes and torso. Strips of hide with animal hair surround figure below waist. Dark brown patina on top of head (medicine bundle missing, possibly). Lips are large and well-defined. Condition: Good.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Kongo. Male Figure with Strips of Hide (Nkisi), 19th century. Wood, hide, glass mirror, resin, textile, and metal, 16 1/2 × 14 1/2 × 13 1/2 in. (41.9 × 36.8 × 34.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1455. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 22.1455_front_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE front, 22.1455_front_PS11.jpg., 2017
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