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Carved wooden Nkisi figure in a standing pose, with one hand on the hip, and the other arm raised. There is a rectangular mirror attached to the torso, and multiple iron nails protrude from the figure.

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ritual figure; Nkisi; Nkondi

1 item (description level: whole)
Additional names, titles, or classifications
object name:  ritual figure
object name (local):  Nkisi
object name (local):  Nkondi

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central Africa, Africa
Additional place information
made or collected: lwr.Congo River, Democratic Republic of the Congo 
Additional culture information
maker or user:  Bakongo 
maker or user:  Kongo 

Materials & techniques
wood; metal; iron; textile; glass; vegetable fibre
Additional material & technique information
material: wood (overall)
material: metal (overall)
material: iron (overall)
material: textile (overall)
material: glass (overall)
material: vegetable fibre (overall)
overall: 830 mm x 340 mm x 280 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 830 mm x 340 mm x 280 mm

Related subjects
maker or user: Bakongo
maker or user: Bakongo
material: glass
material: iron
material: metal
object name: ritual figures
material: textile
material: vegetable fibre
material: wood

Record created 1999-06-23 by PAUL
Record last updated 2016-10-10 by XGVIEWS

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