Nkisi fetish associated with therapeutic, propitiatory, or magical rites.
Cracks and slight losses.
Black satin patina.
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. According to the Téké, wisdom was absorbed and stored in the abdomen.
Having been part of the Tio kingdom like the Tékés during the 15th century, the Mfinu became autonomous from the 19th century, grouped into villages headed by the "mbé". Their sculptures are of the same type as that of the Tékés, while differing somewhat.
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