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Teke Drum
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African art > Tam Tam, Djembe, musical instruments > Teke Drum

This figurative slot drum incorporates the characters of the buti sculptures embodying the ancestors of the clan or those of statues for individual use. The resonant case is sheathed with animal skin fixed by thin brass heads. The stick, connected to the instrument by a string, offers a delicately carved tip of a similar head.
Black brown satin and mahogany satin.
Andeblis 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, gantsié , kept the great protective fetish tr hated who oversaw all the ceremonies. It was the ...


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Teke Flycatcher
African art > Stick of command, chieftaincy > Teke Flycatcher

Object of prestige and parade of the teke chiefs, this fly swatter presents a sculpted miniature "nkumi". The figure is extended by a handle enclosing textile and horsehair.
. Established between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized into chiefdoms 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 which supervised all the ceremonies. It is the powerful sorcerer healer and diviner who "charged" with magical elements, against payment, the individual statuettes or nkumi . According to the Téké, wisdom was absorbed and stored in the abdomen. It is ...


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Teke mask
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Ex-French African art collection.
The pictograms of the African masks Téké of Gabon insist on oppositions symbolizing the duality in the universe: their surface is embellished with geometric patterns painted with polychrome pigments. In addition to lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications. It is a plank mask that the wearer held between the teeth using a braided ribbon.
Velvety matte patina.
Only the Tsaayi, among the Téké subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden masks from the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the secret male kidumu brotherhood (kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at the funerals of village notables or at weddings and other important ceremonies. They appear more and more, since the ...


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Teke mask
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Ex-French African art collection.
The pictograms of the African masks Téké of Gabon insist on oppositions symbolizing the duality in the universe: their surface is embellished with geometric patterns painted with polychrome pigments. In addition to lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications. It is a plank mask that the wearer held between the teeth using a braided ribbon. The perforations were used to attach feathers and fibers which perfected the harmony of the costume. Velvety matte patina. Only the Tsaayi, among the Téké subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden masks from the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the secret male kidumu brotherhood (kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at the funerals of village notables or ...


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Teke Mask
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The pictograms of the African Téké masks from Gabon insist on oppositions symbolizing the duality in the universe: their surface is embellished with geometric patterns painted with polychrome pigments. In addition to lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications. It is a plank mask that the wearer held between the teeth using a braided ribbon. The perforations were used to attach feathers and fibers which perfected the harmony of the costume. Only the Tsaayi, among the Téké subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden masks from the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the secret male kidumu brotherhood (kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at the funerals of village notables or at weddings and other important ceremonies. They appear more ...


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Teke mask
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The pictograms of the African masks Téké of Gabon, on a flat and circular surface, insist on oppositions symbolizing the duality in the universe: they are embellished with geometric patterns painted with polychrome pigments.
In addition to lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications.
It is a plank mask that the wearer held between the teeth with a braided ribbon. The perforations were used to attach feathers and fibers which perfected the harmony of the costume.
Matt patina, erosions.
Only the Tsaayi, among the Téké subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden masks from the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the kidumu secret male brotherhood (kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at the funerals of village ...


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Statue Teke
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Teke

A massive neck is topped with a face with voluntary expression. The rectangular beard overlooks a body whose abdomen has been hollowed out to contain the mystical charge called Bonga. A difference in hue between the body and legs demonstrates the age of this figure Buti Teke hermaphrodite (no apparent sex). Similarly this body was originally wrapped in a tissue that held the load in the abdominal cavity. The age of the piece explains the current absence of this fabric. The face and neck are coated with a sacrificial crusty patina.
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 ...


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Teke statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Teke statue

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 ...


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Teke mask
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Ex-Belgian African art collection. The pictograms of the African Téké masks from Gabon insist on oppositions symbolizing the duality in the universe: their surface is embellished with geometric patterns painted with polychrome pigments. In addition to lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications. It is a plank mask that the wearer held between the teeth using a braided ribbon. The perforations were used to attach feathers and fibers which perfected the harmony of the costume. Matt patina, slight accidents. Only the Tsaayi, among the Téké subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden masks from the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the secret male kidumu brotherhood (kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at the funerals of village ...


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Teke mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Teke mask

The pictograms of African masks Téké from Gabon insist on oppositions symbolizing the duality in the universe: their surface is embellished with geometric patterns painted with polychrome pigments.
In addition to lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications.
It is a plank mask that the wearer held between the teeth with a braided ribbon. The perforations were used to attach feathers and fibers which perfected the harmony of the costume.
Velvety matte patina, desiccation cracks.
Only the Tsaayi, among the Téké subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden masks from the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the kidumu secret male brotherhood (kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at the funerals of ...


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Teke statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Teke statue

The bust of this cylindrical Janiform statuette was generally loaded with magical ingredients called " Bonga " or "bilongo". Various symbolic and ritual accessories complete the whole. The face is traditionally streaked with scarifications. Matte patina ..
Established between the Democratic Republic of the Congo , the Republic of the Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized into chiefdoms, the leader of which was often chosen from among the blacksmiths. The head of the family, mfumu , had the right of life or death over his family, the importance of which determined his prestige. The chief of the clan, ngantsié , kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié which supervised all the ceremonies. It is the powerful healer and diviner who "loaded" with magical elements, ...


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Teke mask
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Ex-Belgian African art collection. The pictograms of the African Téké masks from Gabon insist on oppositions symbolizing the duality in the universe: their surface is embellished with geometric patterns painted with polychrome pigments. In addition to lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications. It is a plank mask that the wearer held between the teeth using a braided ribbon. The perforations were used to attach feathers and fibers which perfected the harmony of the costume. Matt patina, slight accidents. Only the Tsaayi, among the Téké subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden masks from the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the secret male kidumu brotherhood (kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at the funerals of village ...


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Teke fetish
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Teke fetish

In the highly diverse Teke statuary, bundzi fetishes are associated with the hunt they are believed to promote. While some belonged to the clan, others were dedicated to private use. Attached to the bust of this ancestor effigy, sticks are wrapped in textile and tied with wicker.
A textile loincloth dresses the statue. The parallel incisions of the face accentuate the geometric character of the features. Slightly abraded oiled dark patina.
Very slight cracks.
Established between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized into chiefdoms whose chief was often chosen from among the blacksmiths. The head of the family, mfumu, had the right to life or death over his family, the importance of which determined his prestige. The chief of the ...


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Teke mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Teke mask

Ex-Belgian African art collection. The pictograms of the African Téké masks from Gabon insist on oppositions symbolizing the duality in the universe: their surface is embellished with geometric patterns painted with polychrome pigments. In addition to lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications. It is a plank mask that the wearer held between the teeth using a braided ribbon. The perforations were used to attach feathers and fibers which perfected the harmony of the costume. Matt patina, slight accidents. Only the Tsaayi, among the Téké subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden masks from the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the secret male kidumu brotherhood (kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at the funerals of village ...


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Power Figure Teke Buti
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Teke statue

Statue biteke (sculpted figure) embodying an ancestor of the clan. His hollow bust must have housed the magical charge called " Bonga " or "bilongo", which was generally fixed or concealed by a textile. This symbolism refers to the Téké belief that the abdomen conceals wisdom. These fetishes were placed on the altars of the chiefs.
Matte patina.
Established between the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized into chiefdoms, the chief of which was often chosen from among the blacksmiths. The head of the family, mfumu , had the right of life or death over his family, the importance of which determined his prestige. The chief of the clan, ngantsié , kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié which ...


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Teke fetish statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Teke statue

This figure of a clan ancestor is carried by thick arched legs surmounted by a barrel-shaped bust. The face lacks the traditional striations. The clan chief had this type of sculpture which was dipsoed on an altar.
Velvety patina. Desiccation cracks. Established between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized into chiefdoms 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 head of the clan, ngantsié , for his part, kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié who supervised all the ceremonies. It was the powerful sorcerer healer and diviner who "loaded" the individual statuettes or nkumi with magical ...


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Mfinu / Teke statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mfinu statue

This bisexual statue, mixing Teke and Bakongo characteristics, forms a nkisi support, and was used, according to Marc Léo Félix, for therapeutic, propitiatory, or even magical rites. In various Kongo groups, the two-sexed being is often associated with Lemba society. The character has cylindrical objects in each hand, a Kongo gesture (Manyangas, Lumbus, etc.). His head is round and imposing, topped with a crested hat, and surmounting a stretched bust, with a bulbous abdomen, on short stubby legs. Cracks and slight misses.
Ochre brown matte patina.
Established between the Democratic Republic of the 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 of life or ...


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Teke mask
African art > African Shield > Teke mask

Only the Tsaayi, among the Téké subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden African masks from the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the kidumu secret male brotherhood (kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at the funerals of village notables or at weddings and other important ceremonies.
They appear more and more, since the independence of the Congo, at celebrations.
The pictograms of the Téké masks insist on oppositions symbolizing the duality in the universe: circular, they are divided horizontally by a band and their surface is decorated with geometric patterns painted with white, red, black or ocher pigments. In addition to lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications.


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Teke Mask
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Only the Tsaayi, among Gabon's Téké subgroups, produced wooden masks as early as the mid-19th century. They were used by members of the secret male brotherhood kidumu (the kidumu is the name of society, dance, and mask), dances at the funerals of village notables or at weddings and other important ceremonies. Since Congo's independence, they have appeared more and more at the celebrations of rejoicing. This sculpture using the plank mask is not fitted with eye perforations and could be a box mask.
The pictograms of the Téke masks emphasize oppositions symbolizing duality in the universe: circular, they are divided horizontally by a band and their surface is decorated with geometric patterns painted with white, red, black or ochre pigments. In addition to lunar symbolism, these ...


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Teke Buti fetish statuette
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Teke Fetish

Figure with singular morphology, beautiful decorative object devoid of arms and endowed with a bust in ringed barrel. It is carried by thick legs with damaged feet. These fetishes were usually always ritually loaded with magical elements, which is not the case here. Satin black brown patina.
Andeblis 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 leader of the clan, ngantsié, kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié who oversaw all the ceremonies. It was the mighty sorcerer and soothsayer who charged magical elements, for payment, ...


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Teke Biteke fetish statue
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Téké fetish

The bust of this statuette is spherical, ritually charged with magical ingredients named "Bonga" or "bilongo", draped with different textiles on which a thick crusty coating agglomerates. The face is traditionally streaked with scarifications. Shaded brown patina. Established between the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized into chiefdoms whose head 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 head of the clan, ngantsié , for his part, kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié , which oversaw all ceremonies. It was the powerful witch doctor and diviner who "loaded" the individual statuettes with ...


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