Zimba. <em>Divination Torso Figure (Nkishi)</em>, 19th century. Wood, fur, cord, horn, gourd, metal, palm oil, 7 3/4 x 4 x 5 1/2 in. ( 19.7 x 10.2 x14.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Roebling Society in memory of Sylvia Williams, 1996.21. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.21_threequarter_PS2.jpg)

Divination Torso Figure (Nkishi)


Medium: Wood, fur, cord, horn, gourd, metal, palm oil

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:19th century

Dimensions: 7 3/4 x 4 x 5 1/2 in. ( 19.7 x 10.2 x14.0 cm)



Accession Number: 1996.21

Image: 1996.21_threequarter_PS2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
The main portion of the object consists of a carved human effigy. Stylized features of face, beard, hairdo and torso. Earholes have been drilled on both sides of the head. Another hole on top of the head has been filled with unknown material. The p. right arm is wrapped with cordage which runs through a small horn and ties it to the arm. Another length of cord runs around the waist and through a small gourd bound to the back. Below this the object has been wrapped with a piece of hide, most of its fur still intact. It is tied at the back The wood, cord, horn and gourd have been coated with an oil/resin material. Condition: good and stable. The wood shows some cracking; the hide is generally brittle. The surface is dusty overall.

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