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Figure Studded with Nails, called "Konde". Cabinda region

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    New York (photographed)

  • Date:

    1935 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 202, box V

Physical description

Photograph of a side view of a wooden figure studded with nails across the chest, torso and front of the arms

Place of Origin

New York (photographed)


1935 (photographed)


Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 42 in Height of figure

Object history note

NB: The term "negro" was used historically to describe people of black (sub-Saharan) African heritage but, since the 1960s, has fallen from usage and, increasingly, is considered offensive. The term is repeated here in its original historical context.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Walker Evans depicting a profile view of a carved wooden figure stuck with nails, called 'Konde', from the Cabinda region of the former Portuguese Congo (an exclave of modern day Angola), in an exhibition entitled 'African Negro Art' at the Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1935.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)


Photographs by Walker Evans

List of Photographs

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935
African Negro Art Edited by James Johnson Sweeney, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935



Subjects depicted

Punishment; Figures; Sculpture; Pain; Torture; Nails


Africa; Photographs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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