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Power Figure

Culture Kongo
Title Power Figure
Date 19th–mid 20th century
Medium Wood and incrustation
Dimensions Object: 13 3/8 × 5 × 4 1/8 in. (34 × 12.7 × 10.5 cm)
Overall (includes mount): 15 1/4 × 5 1/4 × 4 3/4 in. (38.7 × 13.3 × 12.1 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Frederick Stafford, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 60.7

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For some objects, we cannot talk about a single person as the creator. On this figure, the mass on the front of the torso contains the spiritually charged materials that enabled the figure to serve as a conduit between the earthly and spiritual realms. The mass's contents were not known to the carver, but rather to the priest who added it after the figure was carved.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

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"Power Figure | Collections Online." Collections Online. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 2024.