About this object

Mankishi (singular nkishi) are essentially containers of powerful agencies and magical charges. Ritual specialists activate them in special rituals in order to cure illnesses, punish wrong-doing and to combat witchcraft and sorcery. Hutchings bought this figure from the London dealer Philip Goldman after consulting William Fagg at the British Museum, who recommended it as being “in good style.”

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Songye
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Central Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Antelope Horn; Brass
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From P. Goldman, 1966
  • Collector
    Philip Goldman
  • Place collected
    Africa: Central Africa
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    410 mm
  • Note
    STOCKBOOK: Fetish [sic] figure (Basonge). Purchased from Gallery 43, 43 George Street, London, W.1. in 1966 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund. Gallery Label: Mankishi (singular nkishi) are essentially containers of powerful magical charges. Ritual specialists use them to cure illnesses and to combat witchcraft and sorcery.
  • Related people
    Philip Goldman ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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