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.
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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