George L. Sturman (May 12, 1921 - January 6, 2006), Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale By descent from the above Private Collection, New Mexico
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.
Good condition for an object of this type and age, with significant remains of original charge material as shown in catalogue illustration. Open age crack to proper right side of the head. Front of charge is cracking, crumbling and fragile, with an area of loss exposing some of inner bundle and part of wood figure underneath. Marks, nicks, scratches, abrasions, cracks, small chips and losses consistent with age and use. Small vertical hole through proper right foot. Permanently fixed to modern base. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.