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Female figure  (nkisi)
Date: Late 19th-early 20th century
Medium: Wood, resin, pigment, mirror, glass
Dimensions: H x W x D: 19 x 5.9 x 6.4 cm (7 1/2 x 2 5/16 x 2 1/2 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Allan Frumkin
Geography: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Geography: Congo
Object Number: 98-26-3
Search Terms:
Power
female
Exhibited: Healing Arts

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


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