Power Figure (Nkisi Nkondi)

Brooklyn Museum

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Nkisi Nkondi figures are spiritual vessels created by sculptors from the Republic of Congo. Nkisi are protective spirits typically depicted as standing figures with hands on hips. They are sculpted from clay, wood, metal, and other materials. A cavity in this figure's stomach would have housed medicinal and spiritual objects to ward off malevolent factors. Objects piercing the figure and the pose further assert the figure's divine power and willingness to protect its owner.

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