Teke tribe, Democratic Republic of Congo

Height : 19,5 cm    Age : 1st half of 20th Century

Materials :
wood, sacrificial and magical substances

Small personal biteki fetish. Teke tribe and also their neighbors Bakongo are famous for fetish production.  They had various functions e.g. to support hunting, good business, to increase fertility and for protection against evils. Teke’s fetish are known for their parallel face tattoos and magical substance “bilongo” placed in the bally or in the sack shape covering the whole body. Bilongo is mixture of animal, planting and mineral substances, hole often contains hair, bones or nails of important ancestors.    

Provenience :
Swiss private collection

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