Lot: 491

83rd Tribal Art Auction

Standing female figure "biteki"

D. R. Congo, Yaka/Suku/Holo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Ketterer, Munich, 11 April 1992, lot 243
Oskar Schimmer, Erlangen, Germany
H: 13.6 inch 1800 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, rich black patina, shiny in some areas, hole in the head and at both shoulders, slightly dam. (right hand, nose tip, ears), abrasion of paint, metal base; such figures are used as receptacles or supports for magical preparations. When they are charged with magical ingredients, the image becomes a particular type of fetish, the medicine-poison that "make ill" - "kukwata" or "make well" - "kubuka" by an invisible influence. The particular form of a statuette does not generally permit identification of its function, the kind of loading alone determines its purpose.

Bourgeois, Arthur P., The Yaka and Suku, Leiden 1985, p. 107