Power Figure (nkisi)

Carved wooden human figure attached to an animal's horn. A plug or mushroom shaped projection extends from the human figure's head.
Artist Unknown, African, Yaka Peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
20th century
Nkisi is a generic term for a class of power objects. These objects are employed as solutions to social and physical problems. They are ritually charged objects, able to facilitate movement of spirits between differnet points of existence.
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.346
Saturday, August 13, 2022