ANTHROPOMORPHE STATUETTE called Buti - Teke culture, Republic of Congo - First half of the 20th century

19th century
Tribal Art
From: 93400, Saint-Ouen, France

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    Téké culture, Republic of Congo
    First half of the 20th century
    H. 27; L 5.5 cm
    (old accident on the left foot)

    Monoxyle statuette standing on short, angular legs, separated from each other. The long cylindrical bust is hollowed out by a cavity that once held a protective magical charge called bilongo.
    Its face, set on a broad neck, features two almond-shaped eyes, and facial scarifications, called "mabina", incised vertically on the temples, cheekbones and part of the forehead. His half-open mouth, with drawn lips, extends into a trapezoidal goatee reminiscent of that worn by Teke dignitaries. The hairstyle is typical of Teke men.

    A protective effigy, it is associated with the birth of a newborn child.

    Text and photos © FCP CORIDON

    Ref.LP : 4140

    Ref: 85XIBNQID6

    Condition Very good
    Ethnic group Teke - Bateke - Tio
    Style Tribal Art (African Statues, Puppets, Dolls, Maternity of Tribal Art Style)
    Period 19th century (African Statues, Puppets, Dolls, Maternity 19th century)
    Country of origin Congo
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days
    Location 93400, Saint-Ouen, France
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