Standing power figure (nkisi)
- Yombe peoples
- 19th–20th century
Once a powerful nkisi (pl. minkisi), this figure has retained only one pack of medicine, which is contained in the necklace. Judging by the discoloration on the torso, this nkisi once held another medicine pack in front. The damaged head probably held medicines covered with resin under a feather headdress like those worn by the religious specialists, or banganga (sing. nganga) who activate minkisi.
Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, Arts of Africa, 2015.