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Power Figure: Seated Female (Nkisi)

19th century
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kusu peoples
Wood, cloth, iron, snakeskin
H. 5 3/8 x W. 1 1/4 x D. 1 3/4 in. (13.7 x 3.2 x 4.5 cm)
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, and Anonymous Gifts, in memory of Vera de Vries, 1967
Accession Number:
Not on view
H. Lavachery, Brussels, Belgium, until 1946 (?);[ John J. Klejman, New York, until 1967]; The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1967–1978

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art of Oceania, Africa, and the Americas from the Museum of Primitive Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1969, no. 428.

The American Federation of Arts. Primitive Art Masterworks: an exhibition jointly organized by the Museum of Primitive Art and the American Federation of Arts, New York. New York: The American Federation of Arts, 1974, no. 96.

Neyt, Francois. La Grande Statuaire Hemba. Louvain-La-Neuve: Institut Supérieur d'Archéologie et d'Histoire de l'Art, 1977.

Newton, Douglas. Masterpieces of Primitive Art: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978, p. 154.

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