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A little figure - TEKE TEGE - D.R. Congo

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Early- to mid-20th century - shiny black patina - good condition

A little Male Teke Tege figure D.R. Congo early XXth.
H 28 cm Wood -nice old shiny patina.
Photo : Belgian Congo - Bateke village near Leopoldville. Belgian postcard sent in 1913. © Look and Learn / Elgar Collection

Carved figures such as this one bear facial scarification patterns like Teke men. The beard and triangular nose identify this figure as Teke, but its most significant detail is the empty cavity carved into its abdomen filled with sacred and symbolic ingredients, chosen for their magical powers, sealed with cloth or resin in a sacred ritual. Before it's filled, the figure is known as Tege, and afterwards as Butti, a name which signifies its magical power. Made exclusively for men, the Butti would be kept in the owner's hut to protect him from illness and misfortune. This Tege has no charge.

PROVENANCE : From a retired Belgian collector who had more than 70 Art objects mentioned in the Guy van Rijn Yale database of African art.
This is a unique occasion for you to get a genuine object in your house at very low starting prices.

The name of the collector will be given to all buyers in the accompanying documentation included in every package.


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Feedback score: 98.5%
Reviews given: 66
Member since: July 1, 2014
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    great headrest, very quick shipping, always again thanks !!!

    Wodimi March 14, 2017

  • Fantastic pieces, great communication and fast delivery. Great guy, Thank you

    ExquisiteAfricanArt March 6, 2017

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    L'achat n'a pu être finalisé mais le vendeur m'a appelé et j'ai accepté ses explications franches et le remboursement.

    pierreguerin2 February 19, 2017

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    Transaction parfaite

    PRIMDAN February 10, 2017

  • Reclamar a Catawiki a la menor incidencia. La figura llegó mal embalada y rota!. He tenido que devolverla al vendedor y este "señor" no ha querido reembolsarme los gastos. Mal profesional.

    kiti14 January 30, 2017

    Response by seller
    Accidents can happen during transport. the feets of a terracota figure broke during transport.Client has been paid back.

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