Half figure, Songe, Democratic Republic of Congo.
This is a fine old miniature power half figure "nkisi" without limbs, simplified facial features, rope around the neck and an animal horn on top of the head. The horn set into the cranium symbolizes power, fertility and abundance.
Wood, middle brown patina, min. dam., cracks, traces of abrasion, on wooden base.
Height without base: 15 cm - 5.9 inches.
Provenance: ex Adam Prout collection, London, U.K. / Peter Monteny, photographer, Delft, Netherlands.