About this object

Hutchings only ever bought this one Tio (Bateke) nkisi power figure during his term as Keeper of Ethnography at the museum. This was because he considered “fetish” figures, as he called them, to be the “only important art productions of the Bateke.” He overlooked a split on the side of the figure’s head when he bought it, because he saw it as a sign of its age and authenticity. In a memo to the museum’s director he wrote, “the last thing we want from the Congo is to be offered a new piece!”

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Tio (Bateke)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Central Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Africa: Central Africa: Central African Republic
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Bird Feather; Wood; Vegetal
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchase from Gallery 43, 1966
  • Collector
    Philip Goldman
  • Place collected
    Africa: Central Africa
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    390 mm x 113 mm; 15 3/8 in x 4 7/16 in
  • Note
    Stockbook: Fetish figure (Bateke). Gallery 43, 43 George Street London W1. £175.00
  • Related people
    Philip Goldman ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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