Lot: 238

92nd Tribal Art Auction

Standing male power figure "buti"

D. R. Congo, Teke

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Patrick Peire, Brugge, Belgium
Frans Heymans, Antwerp, Belgium
Zemanek-Münster, 25 February 2006, Lot 352
German Private Collection
H: 18.3 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, pigments, base Among the Teke, a freshly sculpted figure is called "tege" and is considered to have no power. The statues mystical power will come from the actions of a specialist practitioner in magical arts, the "nga", who will smear a mixture of kaolin and tula (red wood powder) on the bust of the sculpture. Then the "nga" will introduce into the abdominal cavity of the figure a "power charge" made up from different elements coming from the vegetal, animal and mineral world called "bonga"bwanga". After the magical charge was applied, the figures were called "buti".