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Minkisi - Art and Belief In West and Central Africa


Wed 21 Nov 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm
Thu 22 Nov 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm
Fri 23 Nov 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sat 24 Nov 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 25 Nov 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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