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Téké fetish scepter (N° 16773)

Established between the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Teké were organized into chiefdoms whose leader was often chosen from among the blacksmiths. The head of the family, mfumu , had the right to life or death over his family whose importance determined his prestige. The clan leader, gantsié , retained the great protective fetish tar mantsié who oversaw all the ceremonies. It is the powerful sorcerer healer and soothsayer who wascharged" of magical elements, for retribution, the individual statuettes, "mussassi". It was also according to his instructions that worship was given to the ancestors and geniuses of nature. Their secret society, kidumu , used circular flat masks adorned with polychrome geometric patterns. This fetish with a dorsal orifice from which long nails protrude has a sculpted handle of a head, and a second reduced head forms its lower end. Dark satin patina.  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm44
Width9 cm
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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