Lot: 304

95e Vente aux enchères Tribal Art

Figure magique janiforme "mpwau"

R. D. Congo, Teke

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
Kim Redlich, Düsseldorf, Germany H: 44 cm 1200 EUR
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wood, base

The Teke carved different kinds of power figures, which were provided with various magical substances and had different functions. They are usually called "biteke".

This special Janus-shaped type of a power figure, was called "mpwau", according to Felix, and belonged to a land chief's regalia.

Felix, Marc L., 100 Peoples of Zaire and their Sculpture, Brussels 1987, p. 172 f.