Lot: 355

Female power figure "nkisi", before 1904

D. R. Congo, Vili

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Alain Guisson, Brussels, Belgium H: 8.1 inch 5000 EUR / 10000 EUR

wood, kaolin, residues of black paint, porcelain chips, brass (upholstery nails), rest. The figure is certainly related to fertility, she clutches her breasts with both hands. Her mouth displays chipped theeth indicating her high social status. At the back of the head is a round recess enclosing remnants of magical charge. It is framed by an unusual floral ornament. A comparable figure illustrated in Deimel/Seige (2012), p. 180.

Deimel, Claus & Christine Seige (Hg.), Minkisi, Berlin, München 2012, p. 180, ill. 72 f.