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Buti Teke power figure (N° 20070)
Revealed to receive the mystical charge called "Bonga", this Teke ancestor statue is coated with a crusty gangue. An accessory in the form of a similar miniature figure is attached to the receptacle. Matt patina, locally flaked.
Established between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Teke were organized into chieftaincies 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 , who supervised all ceremonies. It was the powerful witch doctor and diviner who "loaded" the individual statuettes or nkumi with magical elements, in return for payment. According to the Teke, wisdom was absorbed and stored in the abdomen. It was also according to the directives that witchdoctor that worship was given to the ancestors. Their secret society, kidumu , used circular flat masks decorated with polychrome geometric patterns.
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