H x W x D: 19.4 x 7.9 x 11.1 cm (7 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 4 3/8 in.)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Late 19th-early 20th century
Gift of Robert and Nancy Nooter
The cross-legged pose and carved fiber hat of this figure are symbols associated with rulers. Chiefs and minkisi both have special powers and medicines that can be invoked for the welfare of the community.
"The object of government is the welfare of the people. The material progress and prosperity of a nation are desirable chiefly so far as they lead to the moral and material welfare of all good citizens."--Theodore Roosevelt, the New Nationalism, 1910. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
Joseph Hirsch, born Philadelphia, PA 1910-died New York City 1981
gouache on paperboard
sheet: 12 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (31.1 x 24.2 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 6 x 5cm (2 3/8 x 1 15/16 in.)
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Found in Collection. Donor Unknown at this Time. Found on NASM Premises.
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
American Red Cross Welfare Worker's cap badge; gold wire shield with embroidered red cross surrounded by a blue embroidered ring; gold letter text "AMERICAN RED CROSS" on blue ring; gold wire eagle surmounts shield.