The small, mirror-covered box on the torso holds medicinal substances. Owned by a ritual specialist, this nkisi figure called spirits either to heal or to render justice.
Wood standing female figure on a plinth, with proper left arm raised to her breast and proper right arm at her side, inlaid glass eyes and mirror covered resin box on the lower torso.
European dealer, 1950s
Allan Frumkin, Chicago/New York, 1950s to 1998
Healing Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 2016 - ongoing
Recent Acquisitions 2000, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., May 13, 1999-January 24, 2000