Nail-studded container for nkisi force, carved wooden figure with mirrored container, Bakongo people, west-central Africa, 1880-1920
A carved wooden figure with the body covered in nails, used as a container for the nkisi force. In BaKongo belief, an ancestor or spirit is named as the nkisi force and harnessed in a container for use in healing. Nails hammered into this figure make the nkisi force active.
- Ethnography and Folk Medicine
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- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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