Power Figure (Nkisi Nkondi)

Unknown19th century

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum

Image of a man, stuck with nails and knives. Mirror in navel. Free carved feet standing on a block. Hands at hips. Stained white in most parts. Four flat pronged high headdress. Open mouth with teeth and tongue showing. Bracelets around biceps. Condition: Good

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  • Title: Power Figure (Nkisi Nkondi)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
  • External Link: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/2957/Power_Figure_Nkisi_Nkondi
  • Medium: Wood, iron, glass mirror, resin, pigment
  • Possible place made: Kongo Central Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dimensions: 33 7/8 x 13 3/4 x 11 in. (86 x 34.9 x 27.9 cm)
  • Culture: Kongo (Kakongo subgroup)
  • Collection: Arts of Africa
  • Accession number: 22.1421