Figure of Standing Male (Nkisi)
Arts of Africa
Wood, shell, mud, metal, resin, organic materials, imported buttons
late 19th century
25 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. (64.8 x 10.8 x 12.1 cm) (show scale)
The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection
Male figure, with shiny brown patina except on face, which has matt brown surface. Two mud, red iron, and resin masses (bilongo) embedded with one cowrie shell, one on forehead, one on chest. Proportions of head, torso, and legs relatively equal; slightly crouching position. Face lined with shallow horizontal incisions, nose with incised center line and flared nostrils; crescent-shaped ears; button eyes. Trapezoid-shaped, flaring beard, also side whiskers and moustaches. Arms bend, without defined hands, placed on stomach. Small male sexual organ; blockish feet without toes. CONDITION: Long vertical cracks in front of torso, extending from neck to upper leg; cracks on side of head and on base. Moustache tips broken off; tip of left foot chipped off, top of right foot appears to have been mended.
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Master of Mayama. Figure of Standing Male (Nkisi), late 19th century. Wood, shell, mud, metal, resin, organic materials, imported buttons, 25 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. (64.8 x 10.8 x 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection, 1989.51.19. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1989.51.19_PS2.jpg)
overall, 1989.51.19_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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