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|Teke, Democratic Republic of Congo|
The face on this figure, carved by a hand who has examples published in Lehard's "Les Artes Bakete", is exceptional, with an introverted and compelling expression, similar to what one sees in classic figures from other parts of Africa. It is made from a rather hard wood and has encrustation in the vertical striated ridges of the face, evidence of its use in its original shrine context. As with Lot 42, this example 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 examples, this example has a thin protective layer of textile within which a thick, round, block of organic materials are contained, which have hardened with encrustation around any variety of objects that empower the piece.
This piece has been published in "Arts premiers : chroniques du sacré : exposition, 10 octobre [au] 20 décembre 2009, Château du Grand Jardin, Joinville, Haute-Marne", Author: Château du Grand jardin (Joinville, Haute-Marne). Publisher: Chaumont : Conseil général de la Haute-Marne, 2009. Photos of the cover and featured page with this Teke are included in the images for this Lot.
|Lot ID: 52|
|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: 14.5" (36.83 cm) height x 3.5" (8.89 cm) width x 4" (10.16 cm) depth|
|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: Published in "Arts premiers : chroniques du sacré : exposition, 10 octobre [au] 20 décembre 2009, Château du Grand Jardin, Joinville, Haute-Marne", Author: Château du Grand jardin (Joinville, Haute-Marne). Publisher: Chaumont : Conseil général de la Haute-Marne, 2009. Photos of the cover and featured page with this Teke are included in the images for this Lot. 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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