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Male Figure

late 1800s-early 1900s
Overall: 97.1 cm (38 1/4 in.); without base: 91.5 x 16 x 16.3 cm (36 x 6 5/16 x 6 7/16 in.)
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The coins on the figure’s hat were those used in the Belgian Congo.


This exceptionally large Teke figure is well preserved and holds a medicine package partly buried in an abdominal cavity. Its size suggests that it stood at the service of a larger group of people and that its powers extended beyond the limits of a village. Its scarification marks and beard identify it as representing a chief or another dignitary.
Male Figure

Male Figure

late 1800s-early 1900s

Africa, Central Africa, Republic of the Congo (most likely) or Democratic Republic of the Congo, Teke-style maker

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