Old, big fetish protection statue, TEKE, D.R. Congo, approx. 1950
Big, old, hardwood fetish protection statue of the Congolese TEKE tribe. Traces of use and aging bring a soul into this piece; stylistically more than a decent statue, powerful and well-worn. The figure is holding a protrusion on its belly, into which metal pins were hammered. This was done by a nganga, some sort of shaman, who would cast a spell at the nailing of every pin, securing safety; against black magic, disease and evil in general. The face has fine, parallel lines, as the Teke tribe is known for. The right lower leg has been repaired a long time ago. Furthermore, there are a few shrinking cracks and minor damage by termites to the right leg. Overall the statue is in good condition. Take a careful look at the photos!
Height: 55 cm
Width: approx. 15 cm
Weight: 2235 grams
Origin: D.R. Congo
Date: Mid-20th century
Provenance: Obtained from a Flemish private collection