nkisi power figure
nkisi power figure
nkisi power figure
nkisi power figure
nkisi power figure

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Nkisi Power Figure

Songye people

(Saja Drammeh, New York); {1} purchased by Harrison Eiteljorg [1903-1997], Indianapolis and Sonja Eiteljorg [1920-2003], Indianapolis in 1972; {2} given to Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1989 (1989.1195). {3}

{1} Saja Drammeh was a dealer in African art, sometimes working under the business name Gambia American Arts, Ltd. Based on the Eiteljorg Collection Donor Files, Eiteljorg purchased works from Drammeh from 1971 to 1974.

{2} For information about Harrision Eiteljorg, see Theodore Celenko, “The Harrision Eiteljorg Collection,” African Arts 14.3 (1981), 32-42, 89-90; Theodore Celenko, A Treasury of African Art from The Harrison Eiteljorg Collection Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1983; and “Interview with Harrison Eiteljorg” in Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Previews (1989): 2-4. Harrison Eiteljorg was an industrialist and philanthropist; see his obituary in The Indianapolis Star, 2 May 1997.

{3} Eiteljorg Collection No. E72.147; IMA Temporary Receipt No. 6937/1067.

Object Information

Songye people
creation date
wood, metal, cloth, fur, glass, shells
25 1/4 x 15 x 15 in. (variable)
mark descriptions
Eiteljorg identification number applied to wood and hidden by cloth skirt painted white E72.147 at center back near bottom edge.
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Eiteljorg