Kissi Figure

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BHK 0106-17

Pomdo Figure, Kissi, Guinea

H: 15 cm (5,9″)

Age: Ca. 15th-16th century.

Soapstone “Pomdo” figure, with large head and characteristic bulging eyes and distended nostrils. Sculpture standing in an upright and elevated position with arms down the side. The “Pomdo” figures originate from previous inhabitants, are unearthed by the Kissi, worshiped as “ancestors”, set in the fields and receive rice sacrifices as “holy stones”. Most Pomdo have a hole in the head for “power medicine”. They are generally dated from the 15th/16th century.

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