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Teké Medicinal Horn (N° 17937)

This horn has been filled with ingredients to which magical properties are attributed. Two sculpted heads, bearing the traditiobnnelles scarifications teké, emerge, held by textile ropes tied at the base. Glossy dark patina.
benebene between the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Téké 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, gantié , kept the great protective fetish ttar mantsié who oversaw all the ceremonies. It was the mighty sorcerer and soothsayer who charged magical elements, for payment, individual statuettes. It was also according to his instructions that worship was given to the ancestors. Statues without magic charge were named nkiba, the janiform statues embodying pwaw . The statuettes, named mutinu bmmba , matomba or butti , were given an apotropic function or ensured the proper course of delivery. The 'bilongo' (magic charge on the abdomen) were sometimes extracted from the objects, leaving them exhausted, and incorporated into new sculptures to be sold to other families. Their secret society, kidumu , used circular flat masks adorned with polychrome geometric patterns. Ref. : " Congo River F. Neyt; The Tribal Art of Black Africa Ed. Assouline  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyTeke
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, textile, corne
Height35
Width11
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated dating2ème motié xx°
Socle includedYes

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