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Songye (Songe) people, Kifwebe Society upper Sankuru River, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire)
Bwanga Nkishi: standing male figure with snakeskin bands [Standing male figure with hands on waist and snakeskin fetish material coiled around neck and waist] late 19th or early 20th century Place made: Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire)
Materials & Technique: sculptures, ceremonial objects, wood, snakeskin, upholstery nails, ?fetish material carving
Primary Insc: 46
Dimensions: 18.0 h cm
Acknowledgement: Max Ernst Collection, purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.1832
Subject: African art
Provenance:
  • bought by Max Ernst from early 1940s;
  • by descent to his widow, Dorothea Tanning, in 1976;
  • to Douglas Ewing, New York, in 1983;
  • from whom bought by the Australian National Gallery, October 1985