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Power Figure

Culture Kongo
Title Power Figure (Nkisi N'konde)
Date 19th–mid 20th century
Medium Wood, iron, and and pigment
Dimensions Object: 40 1/2 × 11 1/2 × 8 in. (102.9 × 29.2 × 20.3 cm)
Overall: 40 1/2 × 11 1/2 × 8 in. (102.9 × 29.2 × 20.3 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 77.29

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In the western Southern Savanna, depictions of human images from the area of the lower Congo River, like this example, tend to be more naturalistic than those farther east from the vicinity of the Kwango and Kwilu rivers.

The pieces of metal that have been embedded in the figure were done so as part of promises made or in order to try and get rid of evil.

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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