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Nkisi (Power Figure)

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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)

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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...