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 ...