Minkisi - Art and Belief In West and Central Africa


Sun 23 Sep 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm
Mon 24 Sep 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm
Tue 25 Sep 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm
Wed 26 Sep 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm
Thu 27 Sep 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, 12 Bruce St, Masterton, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Aratoi

Desmond Bovey’s collection of rare masks and statues offers an insight into African tribal life.

Minkisi (singular: nkisi) are statues, or more often containers such as bottles or shells, into which a spirit has been lured to take up residence. These figures bristling with nails are often perceived by other cultures to be aggressive. In reality the Minkisi’s primary function is to protect.

The exhibition includes nearly 100 figures, masks, instruments and reliquaries from 33 tribal groups in 10 countries, offering a privileged insight into secret Africa.

Opening: Friday, 24 August, 5:30pm
Floor talk: Saturday, 25 August, 11am

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