Songye. <em>Power Figure (Nkishi)</em>, late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, hide, fur, fabric, feathers, pigment, 13 in. (33 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Gaston T. de Havenon, 73.179.13. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 73.179.13_front_PS6.jpg)

Power Figure (Nkishi)


Medium: Wood, hide, fur, fabric, feathers, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th or early 20th century

Dimensions: 13 in. (33 cm) top of head to base: 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)



Accession Number: 73.179.13

Image: 73.179.13_front_PS6.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Wooden fetish figure, covered from the neck down with hide, fur, rope, and knotted fabric. On face, only the nose, mouth and chin are indicated. Feathers emerge from top of head- beige, brown, and black colors. Traces of red pigment on head and on much of body covering. CONDITION: Small opening in center of forehead. Check on right side of head. Small bits of white cotton on body covering is very dry with caking throughout.

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