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Nkisi (Power Figure)


Nkisi, also referred to as nkishi (pl. minkisi / mankishi / zinkisi) is the general name for an object (wooden figures, clay pots, gourds or bundles) containing an empowering spirit(s). An object only becomes an nkisi when it...

Phemba (Maternity Figure)


Commonly viewed as maternity figures, phemba (also called pfemba meaning ‘the one who gives children in-potentia’1) are used to symbolise the fertility, growth, wealth, spiritual power and creativity of the entire...