- Museum number
Figure carved from wood of a squatting man with a wire metal necklet and hat.
- Production date
- 1906 (before)
Height: 46 centimetres
Width: 14 centimetres
Depth: 19 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Text from William Fagg, ‘The Tribal Image’, BMP, 1977, no.35:
This piece was collected by Dr Robert Hottot in September 1906 from the Basisse clan in Luoko village, Bula N’tangu, while he was in the Congo as a doctor, and was deposited (on loan) by his widow in 1950. Some of these figures are ancestor figures, but others are true fetishes: that is, they are not made in honour of any particular spirit, but are powerful in themselves and made for a particular purpose, good or bad.
Eth.Doc.279. Collected by R.Hottot from the Basisse clan in Luoko village, Bula N'tangu in September 1906, when he was serving as a doctor in the Congo.
Initially acquired on long-term loan in 1950 (see Loans Register,v.2). Purchased in 1995 from his son, H.Hottot, with the aid of the National Art Collections Fund.
See: William Fagg, 'The Tribal Image', BM 1970 no.35
John Mack in the NACF Annual Review, 1995, pp.122-3
'Saved! 100 years of the NACF', Hayward Gallery 2003, cat.179
- On display (G25/dc14)
- Exhibition history
2003/4 Oct-Jan, London, Hayward Gallery, 'Saved!100 Years of the National Art Collections Fund', no.179
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collected by Robert Hottot and purchased from Mr H Hottot, son of the collector, with the help of the National Art Collections Fund.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Af1950,Loan02.4 (previous Register no. as loan-in)