Teke art has produced some great masterpieces and have three characteristic elements:
a variety of headdresses, fine
parallel scarifications on the cheeks and the addition of fetish
materials either in an abdominal cavity or in a body-enveloping
sack from which the head and feet protrude.
These fetishes are
called muti and are filled with magic substances & ingredients for
protection or to cure ailments.
The abdomen on this one has almost completely worn away, together with the fetish ingredients.
Ex. Dr. Michael Berger Collection, Ex. Leonard Kahan Gallery, New York and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection
Published in "Values in African Art and Culture" book, by Charles Bordogna.
Height including base: 17 ¾"
Width: 3 ⅛”
Depth: 3 ¼”