Rare Teke Magic figure, DR Congo
H: 59 cm
Teke buti sculptures were invested with ritually-added magical material, or charges, which were packed into recessed cavities in the figures and also built up around the figure, often in a distinctive inverted conical shape which enveloped the torso. This material served to consecrate and activate these objects towards their supernatural purposes. When these works were collected by Westerners and brought out of Africa, this charge material was most frequently removed; the present figure bears extensive remains of its original charge.
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