Nail Fetish


From: Maritime Congo

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number 29-94-24
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Maritime Congo
Date Made 19th - Early 20th Century CE
Section African
Materials Wood | Brass | Metal
Iconography Male

"Nail Fetish." Wooden, thickly studded with nails, etc. "Medicine" casket removed, only mirror remains; "medicine" cap also removed. For type cf. smaller figures in Museum collection listed on card AF 5174 and the large figure 30-46-2. See reference there and also Pechuel-Loesche, Volkskunde von Loango, p. 347, pp. 377, 379, 380, 388, 391 ff. ("Hauptfetische" and "Gerichtsfetische"); Dennett. At the Back of the Black Man's Mind, frontispiece.

Height 83.3 cm
Width 41 cm
Depth 38.5 cm
Credit Line Received from various sources, pre-1929
Other Number AF5361B - Other Number

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