This is a power figure made by a Kongo artist. These figures are meant to serve communities, helping to fight evil forces, and offer protection.
The Yombe create animal masks for ceremonial traditions related to their agricultural and herding pursuits. Perhaps best known for their "power figures," which hold ritual medicines and are embellished with mirror and nails, the Yombe also forge iron, carve wooden masks, and weave raffia.
Culture and Traditions
They reside primarily in Zambia, Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. In the crafts and art, the men are involved in weaving, carving, and smelting, and the women make clay pots. Popular figures include the Nkisi nkonde and female phemba statues.
Michael Wasserman donated in the year 2002.
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Prairie View A&M University, "YOMBE Culture of Arts from savannahs of western Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo - ( Oathtaker Male Figure)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 27.