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Ancestor figure Teké- Yansi Butti (N° 15025)

This statue of teké-Yansi ancestor, in a dance position, legs spread half-folded, and whose fetishsimialires, miniatures, form the arms, has a hollowed-out quadrangular abdomen in which relics or a magic charge (bilongo) were arranged. Traditional scarifications, in parallel grooves (mabina) covering his face, were usually coated with clay. Playing as a powerful character, warrior, nganga, hunter emeritus, or family ancestor, this tribal statue was honored as part of the family cult. Desication cracks, gaps in one foot. Established between the Republic of Congo, 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 which oversaw all ceremonies. It is the powerful sorcerer-healer and soothsayer who loaded the individual statuettes with magical elements, for a fee. It was also according to his instructions that worship was given to ancestors. Their secret society, kidumu , used circular flat masks adorned with polychrome geometric patterns.  

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Originex-collection Belge
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height cm59
Width20 cm
Weight3.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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