late 1800s-early 1900s
Wood, metalized glass, organic materials (including resin), feathers, plant fibers, iron, and copper alloy
Overall: 34 x 9.5 x 25 cm (13 3/8 x 3 3/4 x 9 13/16 in.)
René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2010.439
This is one of two tallest in the collection of spiritual figurines loaded with gunpowder to shoot at witches: nduda, or “night guns.”
One of seven minkisi figures previously in the René and Odette Delenne collection, this object contained medicines in which an ancestral spirit was believed to reside. This figure is one of the two tallest in the collection. Feathers of a bird of prey adorn its head, with two small guns pointing upward and a third hanging down. It had belonged to “the sorcerer of Louboulou.”
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