Power Figure (Nkishi)
Arts of Africa
On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
The Tetela and the Songye are closely related groups who make figures for personal religious rituals. Carving styles and materials for these figures are as diverse as their individual functions. A figure may be used to cure illness, bring wealth, or ensure good hunting. This figure includes fur wrapped tightly around its body and a horn from an antelope projecting from its head.
Wood, fur, hide, fiber, horn
early 20th century
Gift of Fernandez Arman to the Jennie Simpson Educational Collection of African Art
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Tetela. Power Figure (Nkishi), early 20th century. Wood, fur, hide, fiber, horn, 17 in. (43.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Fernandez Arman to the Jennie Simpson Educational Collection of African Art, 72.102.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 72.102.4_bw.jpg)
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Human figure completely covered except for head. Body fully enveloped with fur, hide and bound in rope. Head has conical headdress.
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