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

culture
Songye people
creation date
1900-1970
materials
wood, metal, cloth, fur, glass, shells
dimensions
25-1/4 x 15 x 15 in. (variable)
mark descriptions
Inscribed in white paint Eiteljorg identification number applied to wood and hidden by cloth skirt at center back near bottom edge: E72.147
accession number
1989.1195
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Eiteljorg
copyright
No Known Rights Holder
colors