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Power figure


Artist Unknown


early 20th century

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G250
Power figure, Artist Unknown
Power figure: Gallery Label - Current
Nail Figure (Nkisi Nkondi):
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Medium: Ceremonial Objects | Wood, natural fibers, glass, metal, undetermined materials
Size: 15 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 7 1/4 in. (40.0 x 24.8 x 18.4 cm)
Creation Place: Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa region
Culture: Kongo culture, Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa region
Style: 19th century
Physical Description: Nkisi Nkonde (nail fetish); a fetish figure in wood; the surface is covered with a variety of accoutrements: nails, reed, shells, bone, wood, string and clay; the 'magic' receptacle in the abdominal area bears a mirror
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fund
Accession Number: 71.3
Artist: Artist Unknown, French, 1485 - about 1556
Role: Artist
Nationality: French
Life Dates: French, 1485 - about 1556
Added to Site: February 28, 2009