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|Teke, Democratic Republic of Congo|
As with Lot 53, this wonderful, circa 1880-1900 Teke fetish shares the characteristic most consistent with Teke fetishes seen in Western museums and important private collections--"bilongo" or magic substances that are constructed in large, round, bulbous formations that are built around the center of the figure. Like many great examples, this example has a thick, round, block of organic materials which have hardened with encrustation around any variety of objects that empower the piece.
Part of the richness of the figure and richness are attributable to the incredible shrine history embodied in the encrustation within the ridges of the face and the accompanying oily applications. Finally it must be noted that there is an area of professional restoration done during its tenure in an American collection to keep the "bilongo" intact on the lower rear of the bulbous mass, on the rear of the figure. See "Expertise" for more information regarding this fetish, an instrument once used to bring good fortune, protect, heal, and counteract evil.
|Lot ID: 51|
|Low Estimate: $3,000|
|High Estimate: $5,000|
|Next Bid: $1,600|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood with applied oils, magical material, ritual encrustation, stain, oils|
|Dimensions: 13.5" (34.29 cm) height x 5.5" (13.97 cm) depth x 5" (12.7 cm) width|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|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 favors can be obtained with the help of tutelary spirits (passage from Tribal Arts of Africa)|
|Provenance: Ex. Didier Claes, Brussels; Sold Zemanek Muenster Auctionhouse Object 3030613, 3800€; Literature: Lehuard, Raoul, Les arts Bateke, Arnouville 1996 note minor professional restoration to rear (back) of fetish material to keep material intact, Vetted by a committee of tribal art experts and exhibited at BRUNEAF, June 2015|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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