Standing female power figure

CULTURE:
Yombe peoples
DATE:
19th–20th century
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General Description

This small standing female nkisi leans forward and offers her breasts in a nurturing gesture. A carved animal horn projects from the top of her head, representing the real horn that is often found on minkisi and packed with consecrated materials. In this figure, such materials are inserted into the cavity in her belly and covered with a mirror, which serves as eyes that can identify witches.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, Arts of Africa, 2015.