Nkisi fetish (1) - Vetro, Legno, Pelle - Nkisi - Repubblica Democratica del Congo

Nkisi fetish (1) - Vetro, Legno, Pelle - Nkisi - Repubblica Democratica del Congo
Seconda metà XX secolo - Eccellenti condizioni

Very fine carved Nkisi.

The position of this male fetish figure, in the pose known as "The Thinker" similar to e.g. Tumba figures from Congo.
Atop a base with crossed legs, it is thought to convey dignity, prestige, and high social status. One hand rests on the foot and the other on his cheek.

Verly (1955) described this gesture of hand supporting the head as symbolizing deep thought. The Kongo people themselves associate this posture with circumspection, or a sign of one who reflects before speaking. The gesture also symbolizes an ideal chief- he considers a question, evaluates the elements and abstains from all comment before making a decision. Only after considerable thought does he speak (Falgayrettes-Leveau and Thompson 2002: 92).

Compare e.g. a Yombe nkisi composed in the same way from Dallas Museum of Art: The Clark and Frances Stillman Collection of Congo Sculpture, gift of Eugene and Margaret McDermott ACCESSION NUMBER: 1969.S.27

Dettagli lotto
Numero totale di oggetti
Nkisi fetish
Nome dell’articolo autoctono
Regione / Paese
Repubblica Democratica del Congo
Legno, Pelle, Vetro
Seconda metà XX secolo
Eccellenti condizioni
Con supporto incluso
42×8×8 cm
0.6 kg
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