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Fetish Teke (N° 23668)

Small African fetish sculpture depicting an ancestor. This type of carving formed an individual type protective charm.
The abdomen is fitted with a cavity for a magic charge. Satin patina, slight erosions and cracks.

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 to life or death over his family, the importance of which determined his prestige. The chief of the clan, ngantsié , kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié which supervised all the ceremonies. According to the Téké, wisdom was absorbed and stored in the abdomen. It is also according to the directives of the 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 française.
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm26
Width8 cm
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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