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Human Figure (Nkisi)

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood, fiber, and unidentified substances

5 1/2 × 2 1/2 × 2 in. (13.97 × 6.35 × 5.08 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Osborn for the Linton Collection of African Art
1964.76.2
Geography: 
Cabinda, Angola
or geography Democratic Republic of the Congo
or geography Republic of the Congo
Culture: 
Kongo
Period: 
19th–20th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Dr. Ralph Linton (1893–1953), by 1953 [see note 1]; by descent to his wife, Adelin Hohlfield Linton (1899–1977); sold to Marie-Louise Montgomery Osborn (1905–1968) and James Marshall Osborn (1906–1976), 1954; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.,1964

Note 1: Ralph Linton was the Sterling Professor of Anthropology at Yale from 1946 until his death in 1953.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.