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Tetela small mask
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br> Blind mask, of reduced format, embodiment of a guardian spirit. It is characterized by a large tiara. Matte granular and abraded surface. Erosions. Scattered throughout the Kasai basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of incessant conflicts with their neighbors. They also participated abundantly 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 North-West that of the Nkutschu, and in the West that of the Binji and Mputu. Kuba traditions were also a source of inspiration, as were those of the Songye in the southwest. Their fetishes are ...


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Tetela mask
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With a collar engraved with parallel grooves, and a tiara with geometric patterns, this mask stands out thanks to its wide dark eyes pierced with holes, a reduced nose and a mouth revealing dark teeth. The white, matte and grainy clay, which is being sprayed with haloes and cracks locally.
Scattered in the Kasai Basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of unrelenting conflicts with their neighbours. They also played a great deal in the slave trade. Their very diverse sculpture is marked by the influence of groups living on their contact: in the North, their art was subject to the influence of forest populations such as the Mongo, to the northwest that of the Nkutschu, and to the west that of the Binji and Mputu. Kuba traditions were also a source of inspiration, as ...


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Petit masque Tetela
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African art > African mask > Masque Tetela

This blind mask, of a small size, engraved with alternating parallel grooves arranged in orange motifs, evokes songye sculpture. The very geometric nose is a distance from a narrow mouth placed in a protruding chin. The outlines are pierced with holes. Two-tone matte patina.
Eparated in the Kasai basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of constant conflicts with their neighbors. They also participated extensively in the slave trade. Their very diverse sculpture is marked by the influence of groups living in contact with them: in the north, their art has been subjected to the influence of forest populations such as the Mongo, in the northwest that of the Nkutschu, and in the west that of Binji and Mputu. The Kuba traditions were also a source of inspiration, as were ...


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Short SwordTetela
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African art > Usual african items > Tetela Sword

This ceremonial sword consists of a wooden handle surrounded by copper wire, and an open blade. There are also fine decorative hatches.
br-Eds in the Kasai basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of constant conflicts with their neighbours. They also participated extensively in the slave trade. Their very diverse sculpture is marked by the influence of groups living in contact with them: in the north, their art has been subjected to the influence of forest populations such as the Mongo, in the northwest that of the Nkutschu, and in the west that of Binji and Mputu. The Kuba traditions were also a source of inspiration, as were 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 ...


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Masque Tetela / Yela
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African art > African mask > Masque Yela

Circular mask, convex, it is divided into two vegetable colors, one based on red bark, the second of white, crusty kaolin. The large strips dug on its surface could evoke the traditional scarifications of the clan.
The Tetela and Yela groups are of Mongo origin and are neighbouring. The Sculpture of the Tetela takes various forms, borrowed from the clans they co-operate, among them songye inspirations with polychrome works. Several ethnic groups divided into branches live closely intertwined in central Zaire: the Mbole, the Yela, the Lengola, and the Metoko, and have similar associations. This proximity has generated some stylistic borrowings. Their artistic production has great analogies with that of the Metoko and Lengola. Their divination masks were displayed at the closing ...


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Masque mitre Tetela
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African art > African mask > Masque Tetela

French African art collection.
Two faces with tubular eyes, superimposed, are carved in the lower part of this mask. The high structure is topped by a tiara-like arched panel. Songye's influence is notable. The matte surface is coated with contrasting polychrome pigments. The thick raffia adornment is still present.
br>Eparated in the Kasai basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of incessant conflicts with their neighbours. They also participated extensively in the slave trade. Their very diverse sculpture is marked by the influence of groups living in contact with them: in the north, their art has been subjected to the influence of forest populations such as the Mongo, in the northwest that of the Nkutschu, and in the west that of Binji and Mputu. The Kuba ...


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Statuette Tetela Songye
African art > African Statues > Statuette Songye

From the southwestern region of the Tetela territory, this sculpture forms a schematic interpretation of Songye fetishes. The head reproduces a Kifwebe mask. Impaired base. Erosions at the top. Skate mate rather clear.
Eparated in the Kasai Basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of incessant conflicts with their neighbours. They also participated extensively in the slave trade. Their very diverse sculpture is marked by the influence of groups living in contact with them: in the North, their art has been subjected to the influence of forest populations such as the Mongo, in the northwest that of Nkutschu, and in the west that of Binji and Mputu. The traditions Kuba were also a source of inspiration, as were those of the Songye to the southwest. Their fetishes are ...


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