Barakat Gallery
Login | Register | User Services | Search | Newsletter Sign-up
Barakat Gallery
HOME : African & Tribal Art : Kongo, Yombe : Yombe Wooden Nkisi Sculpture
Click to view original image.
Yombe Wooden Nkisi Sculpture - PF.3115
Origin: Northwestern Congo
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 27" (68.6cm) high
Collection: African
Medium: Sacrificial Material

$9,000.00
Location: United States
Purchase
Currency Converter
Place On Hold
Ask a Question
Email to a Friend
Previous Item
Next Item
Photo Gallery
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Description
This large "Nkisi" statue is of particular interest. The face and body have been sensitively rendered in exceptional detail. The original body adornment and surface patination are not commonly found in sculpture of this type. Also noteworthy is the unique headdress of woven fiber, (at one time it may have contained an elaborate feather array), in contrast to the more common resin cap with embedded vertical feathers.

The sculpture is basically a benevolent magical figure capable of coping with evil and bringing health and well being to those who follow its rituals. The figure has the characteristic square mirrored resin box on its abdomen, ( although it now is missing the mirror which at one time covered the fetish material), nails driven into the body inlaid eyes, (the glass inlays are now missing), and attached bone offerings.

Although the stylistic characteristics of this figure are also found among the Vili, it is likely that it comes from the Yombe.
- (PF.3115)

 

Home About Us Help Contact Us Services Publications Search
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Security

Copyright (c) 2000-2018 by Barakat, Inc. All Rights Reserved

contact-form@barakatgallery.com - TEL 310.859.8408 - FAX 310.276.1346

coldfusion hosting