Buti Teke Figure - SOLD OUT

The disease is one of the privileged areas of Nganga intervention in Teke of Congo. Therapeutic techniques make extensive use of statuettes, the largest pieces being used primarily to fight against trypanosomiasis, which is a sleeping sickness. The blood of various animals, together with the plants and the clay, furnish the lively substances of the bilongo which is applied to the body of the piece. The day or charge must be inserted into the abdomen of the statuette is chosen according to the appearances of the moon. The reliquary is closed by a piece of cloth or skin securely held by cords at the level of the neck and belly, under which the legs emerge, summarily cut, straight and straight or slightly bent.

Enclosed in a reliquary designed as a protective screen on the abdomen, navel, top of the head, or in the back, places considered vital points, magical substances are the main components of the objects of power.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
43 x 12 cm
Ethnic group
Teke / Bateke
Wood, accessories
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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