Lot: 46389th Tribal Art Auction
Standing female power figure "khosi"
D. R. Congo, Suku
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|F. J. Beinere
American Private Collection, New York (likely acquired before 1987)
Amyas Naegele, New York, USA
Cole Harrell, New York, USA (2017)
|H: 13 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, plant fibre, base
A full "khosi" is often composed of a feminine and a masculine figure. The feminine statue is called "nzasi" ("lightning"). This reference to lightning emphasizes the violent and quick way the fetish strikes. The little packets attached to the figures are often filled with solidified resin, locally considered as "excrement of the lightning".