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Teke Mpwau statue (N° 17682)
Joined back to back, these figures of Téké or Biteke ancestors share a hollowed-out, reworked, glass-blocked common core to shelter the mystical charge called Bonga. The whole thing is tied and coated with crusty materials. The faces streaked with traditional scarifications, bordered by a wide collar encrusted with cauris, are topped with a large crescent.
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Andeblis between 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, ngantié , kept the great tar-mantsie protective fetish that oversaw all the ceremonies. It was the mighty sorcerer and soothsayer who charged magical elements, for payment, individual statuettes or nkumi . According to the Teke, wisdom was absorbed and stored in the abdomen. It is also according to the sorcerer's instructions that worship was given to the ancestors. Their secret society, kidumu , used circular flat masks adorned with polychrome geometric patterns. Patine mate creamer. Cracks, erosions.
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|Origin||Collection J.P.J France|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Material(s)||wood, cauris, verre|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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