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Teke Flycatcher (N° 22936)

Object of prestige and parade of the teke chiefs, this fly swatter presents a sculpted miniature "nkumi". The figure is extended by a handle enclosing textile and horsehair.
. Established between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized into chiefdoms whose chief was often chosen from among the blacksmiths. The head of the family, mfumu, had the right of life or death over his family whose importance determined his prestige. The chief of the clan, ngantsié , kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié which supervised all the ceremonies. It is the powerful sorcerer healer and diviner who "charged" with magical elements, against payment, the individual statuettes or nkumi . According to the Téké, wisdom was absorbed and stored in the abdomen. It is also according to the directives that sorcerer that the worship was returned to the ancestors. Their secret society, kidumu, used circular flat masks decorated with polychrome geometric patterns.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)bosi, crin, textile
Height cm42
Width7 cm
Weight0.32 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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