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.
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