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Tetela Statue (N° 24989)

Male figure of tetela inspiration, and whose posture indicates combativeness. This is the reactive, energetic warrior pose called pakalala. Oily black patina. Desication cracks, losses.
Scattered throughout the Kasai basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of incessant conflicts with their neighbors. They also participated extensively in the slave trade. Their very diversified sculpture is marked by the influence of the groups living in contact with them: in the North, their art was subjected to the influence of the populations of the forest such as the Mongo, in the northwest that of the Nkutschu, and to the west that of Binji and Mputu. Kuba traditions have also been a source of inspiration, as well as those of the Songye in the southwest. Their fetishes are kept out of sight. Animists, they seek to appease and direct the elements thanks to the wizard Wichi and the priest Umpa. Their traditional currency of exchange, "dikonga", in the form of spearheads, also contributed to making known the talent of their blacksmiths and those of the Nkutschu.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm47
Width18 cm
Weight1.65 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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