University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: AF5172
Current Location: Out on loan
Culture:Bakongo
Provenience: Zaire
Section:African
Materials:Wood
Iron
Glass
Fiber Cord
Raffia
Iconography:Man
Height: 34.5cm
Width: 17cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1924
Other Number8 - Field Number SF

Description

Wooden, eyes inlaid with glass, right arm upraised, hand originally held spear(?). Perineal band and necklet of cloth. Cylindrical cap of a resinous concretion ("medicine"); "medicine" casket (with mirror) on front of body. The whole except face and mirror smeared with camwood pigment; face covered with black coating, probably of same substance as that of cap and casket. Two nails driven inback, apparently as afterthought, as this does not seem to be a "nail fetish". In top of cap is stuck a piece of cane, "gun barrel."


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