The Collection at the BMA

Work Type: power figure

Male Power Figure

Power Figure

Power Figure

Standing male figure with flexed knees and solid block for feet; one hand on hip, one arm raised with elbow bent (hand broken off). Heart-shaped face with thick rims around eyes. Packets of medicinal material wrapped in fabric on abdomen and elbows. Surface colored with base of reddish-brown pigment; large white spots of pigment on body and white marks on face

Male Power Figure

Power Figure (Bochio)

Power Figure (Bochio), Fon people, Republic of Benin (formerly Kingdom of Dahomey), Togo, African, wood, string, metal lock, encrustations

Power Figure (Bochio)

Standing male power figure with bent arms resting on distended abdomen; below abdomen, figure is unarticulated block, partially covered by animal skin and waist ornaments (large bell and metal jangles attached to cord). Animal horn emerges vertically from top of head. Face has slitted, bulbous eyes, broad nose, protruding and slightly upturned open mouth, square beard. Necklace of glass beads, animal teeth, seed pods hangs from neck onto abdomen. Umbilical area has opening where medicinal materials once existed.

Male Power Figure (nkishi)

Power Figure (Nkisi)

Standing female figure with flexed knees, arms bent, resting on abdomen, wearing small cap, earrings, and with diamond-shaped mark on forehead. Nails and blades protruding from breasts and front of torso, and holes remaining where some nails removed; umbilical area has small animal skull covered over with organic material. Large nail protruding from back of figure, which is split along the spine, from neck to buttocks.

Female Power Figure with Nails (nkisi nkonde)

Power Figure (Nkisi)