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Short SwordTetela
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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290.00

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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350.00

Masque Mwadi Tetela
African art > African mask > Masque Tetela

Ex-Collection Swiss tribal art.
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 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 sorcerer Wichi and the priest Umpa. Their traditional currency of exchange, " dikonga", in the form ...


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480.00

Tetela mask
African art > African mask > Tetela mask

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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290.00

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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