Standing female power figure
- Yombe peoples
- 19th–20th century
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.
Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, Arts of Africa, 2015.