Lot: 463

89e vente aux enchères Tribal Art

Figure magique féminine debout "khosi"

R. D. Congo, Suku

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
F. J. Beinere
American Private Collection, New York (likely acquired before 1987)
Amyas Naegele, New York, USA
Cole Harrell, New York, USA (2017)
H: 33 cm Cet objet n’est plus disponible.

wood, plant fibre, base

A full "khosi" is often composed of a feminine and a masculine figure. The feminine statue is called "nzasi" ("lightning"). This reference to lightning emphasizes the violent and quick way the fetish strikes. The little packets attached to the figures are often filled with solidified resin, locally considered as "excrement of the lightning".

Felix, Marc Leo, Ritual Figures in Congo, Hong Kong 2018, p. 174