Buti magic statue - Teke - Congo DRC

Buti magic statue - Teke - Congo DRC
1st half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

Magical Buti Figurine - Teke - D.R Congo
Provenance: private collection, Belgium.
Dimensions: 43 x 12 cm.
Materials: wood, magical load, buttons.

Illness is one of the priviledged areas of intervention of the Nganga among the Teke of the D.R Congo. Therapeutic techniques consist in a vast use of these figurines, the largest ones mainly served to fight against trypanosomiasis, a sleeping disease. The blood of diverse animals, as well as the plants and the clay, provide the vivacious matters of the Bilongo, applied on the body of the piece. For the day the load must be inserted into the abdomen, the figurine is chosen depending on the moon appearances.
The reliquary is sealed with a piece of cloth or skin, firmly held by strings on the neck and on the stomach, under which emerge the legs, summarily carved, straight and stiff or slightly bent.
Enclosed in a reliquary created as a protective shield placed on the abdomen, the navel, the summit of the head, or in the back, places considered to be vital points, magical substances form the main components of these power objects.
We can note that this African figurine has buttons as eyes. A thick magical load is present around the trunk.

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Tags: mask, figurine, sculpture, figure, statuette, wood, art, contemporary, first, primitive, tribal, African, antiquity, artwork, gallery, Picasso, Giacometti, art gallery, African art, cubism.

Lot details
Buti magic statue
Region/ country
Congo DRC
1st half 20th century
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
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