Lot: 466

Standing male figure "tege"

D. R. Congo, Teke

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Bruno Frey, Arnay le Duc, France
Gallery Lucas Ratton, Paris, France
H: 21.5 inch 8000 EUR / 15000 EUR

wood, blackened in places, base Due to stylistic reasons this figure can be located to a workshop in the Stanley Pool, now Malebo Pool. The carvers offered their pieces to interested parties, who could take the object to a healer "nganga" to charge it for the accomplishment of a specific task. After the magical charge was applied, the figures were called "buti". If the figure was not loaded - as in present case - it was called "tege".

von Lintig, Bettina, African Impressions, Milan 2011, p. 116, ill. 46 Bateke, Peintres et sculpteurs d'Afrique Centrale, Paris 1998, p. 182, ill. 148