Nkisi Nkondi (Power Figure)

Solongo style, Kongo people, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa, Africa

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19th century

Wood and mixed medium

Overall: 21 5/8 × 14 3/16 × 8 1/4 in. (55 × 36 × 21 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the Mrs. Harvey P. Hood W'18 Fund, the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Jaffe Hall Fund, the William B. Jaffe Memorial Fund, the William S. Rubin Fund, the Julia L. Whittier Fund and through gifts, by exchange

996.22.30233

Geography/Culture

Africa, Central Africa

Period

19th century

Object Name

Figure

Classification

Africa

Not on view

Course History

REL 14, AAAS 18, Introduction to African Religions, Robert Baum, Spring 2014

REL 1, Patterns of Religious Experience, Elizabeth Perez, Fall 2013

REL 17, AAAS 83.5, African Religions of the Americas, Elizabeth Perez, Fall 2013

ANTH 17, The Anthropology of Health and Illness, Lauren Gulbas, Fall 2013

ARTH 16.2, Picasso: The Vollard Suite, Michael R.Taylor, Fall 2013

AAAS 11, Introduction to African Studies, Naaborko Sackeyfio, Spring 2013

REL 7, Dark Goddesses and Black Madonnas, Elizabeth Perez, Winter 2013

WRIT 5, Expository Writing, Carl Thum, Winter 2013

HIST 16, AAAS 12, Black America to the Civil War, Rashauna Chenault, Winter 2013

HIST 5.1, AAAS 14, Pre-Colonial African History, Naaborko Sackeyfio, Winter 2013

ANTH 17, The Anthropology of Health and Illness, Sienna Craig, Spring 2012

ANTH 17, The Anthropology of Health and Illness, Sienna Craig, Spring 2012

ANTH 17, The Anthropology of Health and Illness, Sienna Craig, Spring 2012

Exhibition History

Evolving Perspectives: Highlights from the African Art Collection at the Hood Museum of Art, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26, 2013-April 6, 2014.

Art That Lives? Exploring Figural Art from Africa, Allvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 25, 2009-July 2010.

Critical Faculties: Teaching with the Hood's Collections, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 15-March 13, 2005.

Point of View: Africa on Display?, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 1, 2003-February 22, 2003.

Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 19, 2002-February 16, 2003.

Resonances of Power, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 12, 1998-February 28, 1999.

Correspondences: African Sculpture at the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 12, 1996-March 2, 1997.

Publication History

Robert L. Welsch and Luis A. Vivanco, Cultural Anthropology: Asking Questions About Humanity, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015, 461 pp., ills. p. 392 and 419.

Alexander Bortolot, Art That Lives? Exploring Figural Art from Africa, Hood Mueum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2009, ill. cover page, end page, p. 6-7, no. 1.

Barbara Thompson, "The African Collection at the Hood Museum of Art," African Arts, Volume XXXVII, No. 2, Los Angeles: African Studies Center, University of California, 2004, ill. p. 25.

Dartmouth LIFE, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 1997.

Valley News, Arts & Entertainment, Art Notes, October 10, 1996.

Kelly Sidley, The Dartmouth, Arts & Entertainment, Thursday, October 24, 1996, p. 11

Meisterwerke, 1968, figt. 81, illus.

Provenance

Probably from Zaire to the European market before or after World War II; Hans Coray, Agnuzzo, Switzerland, possibly 1930's-1974; Hans Coray's older son, 1974-?; Count Jean Jacques de Launoit, Brussels, after 1974-1981; Sotheby's London, June 23, 1981, cover and lot 189; Susan Borden of Bumper Development Corp., Canada, 1981-1996, Sotheby's New York, November 24, 1992, cover and lot 118; Private Sale, Sotheby's to present collection, April 1996.

This record was created from historic documentation and may not have been reviewed by a curator; it may be inaccurate or incomplete.

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