Teke Male Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Lot 343
Teke Male Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo

US$ 30,000 - 40,000
€ 25,000 - 33,000

African and Oceanic Art

22 May 2018, 15:00 PDT

Los Angeles

Teke Male Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
butti
Wood, ritual charge, fiber, pigments
height 17 7/8in (45.5cm)

Provenance
Robert Lehuard Collection, acquired in 1928
Raoul Lehuard Collection, Arnouville, France
Galerie Ratton-Hourdé, Paris
Antonio Onrubia Collection, Barcelona

Exhibited
Galerie Ratton-Hourdé, Paris, Téké, Collection de Robert et Raoul Lehuard, June 1999
Fundación Fco. Godia, Barcelona, Africa: Colecciones Privadas de Barcelona, 27 February to 30 June 2003
Fundación Caixa de Girona, Girona, Art Africa, 22 July to 18 September 2005

Published
Lehuard, Raoul, Statuaire du Stanley Pool, Villiers le Bel, Paris, 1974, fig. 32
Lehuard, Raoul, Les Arts Batéké, Arnouville, 1996, fig. 2.1
Galerie Ratton-Hourdé, Téké: Collection de Robert et Raoul Lehuard, Paris, June 1999, p. 14
Fundación Fco. Godia, Africa: Colecciones Privadas de Barcelona, Barcelona, 2003, fig. 48
Arts d'Afrique Noire, no. 126, summer 2003, p. 18
Fundación Caixa de Girona, Art Africa, Girona, 2005, fig. 49
Onrubia, Antonio, La Diversidad de las Formas, Editorial Gustavo Gili, S.L., Barcelona, 2016, fig. 177

The Teke live primarily in the savanna near Brazzaville and, like many cultures in Africa, utilized fetishes charged with magical substances. These fetish figures are compact and powerful and are generally sculpted in very cubistic, angular forms as represented in the present work on offer. The helmet-like headdress perches high above the coiffure, sitting at an angle with a central crest; the face is incised linearly with a trapezoidal beard; the large cylindrical neck rests on the shoulder shelf; the arms, diminutive in scale, rest against the torso and are bent upwards at the elbows. A bundle of ritual charge covers the entire front of the torso with a downward projecting extended navel; varied dark and light-brown patina with encrustations.
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