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Remarkable Teke Statue with Small Figures on Base 14.5″ – DR Congo – African Art

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This Teke statue was hand-carved from a single piece of wood. It features a male figure with two smaller figures attached to his arms. He has a necklace made of bone or teeth of some kind. The statue comes attached to a custom base for easy display and measures 14.5 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds. He is missing part of his right foot and there is cracking and wear and tear – please inspect photos.

 

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Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Teke

Material

Wood, pigment, beads and bone or teeth

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

14.5"

Width (Inches)

5"

Depth (Inches)

3.5"

Weight (Pounds)

2.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Missing part of right foot. Cracking and wear and tear.

Tribe Information

About the Teke People

“The Teke people settled in a territory lying across the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and Gabon. During the 15th century, they were integrated into the Tio kingdom, but attained independence in the 17th century. Today, they live in villages led by a clan elder known as the Mfumu, who answers to a hereditary land-chief called Mfumu na tzee. Their economy is mainly based on farming maize, millet and tobacco, but the Teke are also skilled fishermen and traders. They believe in a supreme God, Nzambi, whose favours can be objtained with the help of tutelary spirits. Teke artists carved figures predominantly surrounded by fetish material, known as Bilongo. These figures protect and assist the Teke and, if a fetish figure successfully demonstrates its power, its owner may detach its Bilongo, break it into several pieces and insert fragments into other figures. He will then sell the new figures to neighbouring families, leaving the original statue with an emaciated body.”