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Statue Teke janiforme Mpwau
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The barrel bust of this Teké statue or dickke fetish, whose faces are topped with a wide crescent returning to the brows, has been hollowed out to house the mystical charge called "Bonga". A textile draped around the object, now missing, kept the load in its receptacle. Established between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Teké were organized as chiefdoms, the leader of which was often chosen 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 ceremonies. It is the powerful sorcerer healer and soothsayer who loaded " of magical elements, for retribution, individual statuettes or nkumi . ...


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Teke Mask - Tsaayi Kidumu
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African art > African mask > Teke Mask

Only the Tsaayi, among the Teké subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden masks as early as the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the secret male brotherhood kidumu (kidumu is the name of society, dance, and mask), dance at the funerals of village officials or at weddings and other important ceremonies.
They appear more and more, since The independence of Congo, at the celebrations of rejoicing. This mask is a discoid board mask: the wearer of the mask held it between the teeth with a braided ribbon. The perforations were used to fix feathers and fibers that would perfect the harmony of the costume. Reduced openings are concealed on either side of the nose.
The pictograms of the Teke masks emphasize oppositions symbolizing duality in the universe: circular, they are ...


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Ancestor statuette Teke- Yansi Butti
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African art > African Statues > Teké statue

This statue of Teké-Yansi ancestor, in sacred dance position nibiki, half-flexed legs, has a globular abdomen in which relics or a magical charge ( butti) have been introduced.  Accessories such as chick feathers, vegetable twigs, ossicles and teeth are attached to the wicker strap highlighting the volume of the bust.  Traditional scarifications, in parallel grooves (mabina) are present on the cheeks.
As a powerful character, warrior, nganga, hunter emeritus, or family ancestor, this tribal statue was honored as part of the family cult.
Clay plasters, kaolin residue. Oiled patina.
Established between the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Tekine were organized as chiefdoms, the leader of which was often chosen among the blacksmiths. The ...

Fetish Téké Matomba
African art > African fetish > Statue Teke

Four statuettes have a common, spherical trunk, in which the magic charge named " Bonga " or "bilongo" is wrapped in different textiles. The faces are wearing a conical, rimmed hat, highlighted with a red cloth. Satin brown patina, abrasions and desication crack. Established between the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized as chiefdoms, the leader of which was often chosen 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, ngantsié , kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié which oversaw all ceremonies. It is the powerful sorcerer-healer and soothsayer who loaded the individual statuettes with magical elements, for a fee. It ...


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Ancestor figure Teke Butti
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This ancestor effigy whose rectangular abdomen has been hollowed out to house the magical charge called " Bonga " is camped on half-flexed legs with massive feet. A pronounced pout reinforces the determination of his attitude. The face is engraved with parallel incisures and extends from the beard of the old. Its strange prestige headdress consists of a circular element topped by a crest whose end comes to die between the eyebrows. Xylophages, misses. Greyed light brown skate and kaolin use.
Established between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized as chiefdoms, the leader of which was often chosen 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 ...


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Ancestor Téké-Yansi Butti s statue
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This ex-Tek-Yansi ancestor statue, in a dance position, with half-bent legs, right-angled right-arm attached to the bust, has a quadrangular recessed abdomen in which relics or magical load (bilongo) were arranged, residues made up of birds' feathers and twigs lined its internal walls, a mirror, now absent, had to seal this cavity, traditional scarification, in parallel grooves (mabina) covering its face. , are coated with white clay.Instituting a powerful character, warrior, nganga, hunter emeritus, or family ancestor, this tribal statue was honored as part of the family cult.Cracked plasters.Drying cracks.Installed between the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon, the Teke were organized into chieftaincies whose chief was often chosen from blacksmiths. had ...





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