A Villi Congo Nkisi brass trade figure_SOLD
A Villi Congo Nkisi brass trade figure
The figure with conical projection on top of head with recessed panels in front of base,standing with head pointing upwards, eyes clearly delineated,the arms akimbo with hands at side and fingers pointing to the back.
Interestingly these finely made figures were cast in Birmingham uk to trade for ivory in the Congo, various styles were made for the different tribal regions
Dark aged patina. period: 19th century, size 22.2cm
Nkisi magik figures were used for a variety of apotropaic purposes such as warding off bad spirts, protecting against witchcraft, illness, thieves and other dangers.