Nail Fetish Figure - Nkisi - Bakongo People - D.R. Congo - Sold
TITLE: Nail fetish figure - ‘Nkisi’
MATERIAL: Wood, nails, cloth, plant fiber, pigment and glass
COUNTRY: D. R. Congo
DESCRIPTION: Activated by a spiritual force or ancestral
spirit, the Nail fetish, Nkisi, served to
expose wrongdoers and restore health to
the body or spirit.
As a divination object,
the Nkisi would be pierced with nails,
summoning it to moral duty.
protruding abdominal recepticale, deep-
set glass eyes and baring teeth, the Nkisi
embodies a powerful force.