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

The pictograms of the Téké mask of Gabon emphasize oppositions symbolizing duality in the universe: circular, they are divided horizontally by a band and their surface is decorated with geometric patterns painted with often polychrome pigments.
In addition to a lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications.
Velvety patina. Residues of kaolin. Abrasions.
Height on base: 50 cm. Only the Tsaayi, among the Teke subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden masks from the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the secret male brotherhood kidumu ( kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at funerals of village notables or at weddings and other important ceremonies. They appear more and more, since the independence of the ...


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Fetish statue Teke Mpwau janiform
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Teke

This clan ancestor figure was arranged to contain the mystical charge called "Bonga". It was draped with skin and textile to hold the charge in its receptacle. The faces are streaked with traditional scarification. The chief of the clan had this type of sculpture that adorned an altar. Golden brown patina. Lacks and erosions.
Established between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized in chiefdoms whose chief was often chosen from among blacksmiths. The head of the family, mfumu , had the right of life or death over his family, whose importance determined its prestige. The chief of the clan, ngantsié, kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié, who supervised all the ceremonies. It was the powerful healer wizard and soothsayer who "charged" ...


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390.00

Figure of power Buti Teke
Tribal art > African fetish > Teke statuette

An idea of receiving the mystical charge called "Bonga", this angular statue of his ancestor Téke was wrapped in a textile that was to hold the load in its receptacle.
Patine smooth shiny, mattified areas.
Andeblis between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Teké were organized into chiefdoms whose leader was often chosen from 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 the ceremonies. It is the powerful sorcerer healer and soothsayer who was unloaded" of magical elements, for retribution, individual statuettes or nkumi . According to the Teke, wisdom was absorbed and ...


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950.00

Figure of power Buti Teke
Tribal art > African fetish > Statue Teke

This clan ancestor figure is brought in to contain the mystical charge called Bonga. It was then wrapped in a textile that was to hold the load in its receptacle. The face is streaked with traditional scarifications. The clan leader had this type of sculpture adorning an altar. Brilliant cracked patina. Desication cracks.
Andeblis between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized into chiefdoms whose leader was often chosen from 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, ngantsed , kept the great protective fetish tring hated who oversaw all the ceremonies. It was the mighty sorcerer and soothsayer who charged magical elements, for ...


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540.00





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