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Teke Male Power Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
106
Teke Male Power Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art

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New York

Teke Male Power Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Provenance

George L. Sturman (May 12, 1921 - January 6, 2006), Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale 
By descent from the above
Private Collection, New Mexico

Catalogue Note

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.

African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art

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New York