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Collected by the Reverend Grenfell in 1884 on his expedition up the Congo River. With old label reading 'Congo Idol'
34 cm high
Ex Rev. Grenfell
old label reading 'Congo Idol'
The Teke are farmers and hunters and live on the left bank of the river in an area of plateaux covered by savanna in villages grouped under a district chief. Their system of belief is based on an invisible world ruled over by one God, Nziam, the creator. they believe in reincarnation and that their God has spirits who are represented in the forces of nature, and these spirits are given supplications and receive prayers.
Sculptures such as this figure are attached to containers with relics or fetishes in them and they are representative of the dead ancestor. When prayed to and given supplication the spirit of the ancestor becomes the intermediary between God (Nziam) and his people, the Teke.
|Height||34.00 cm||(13.39 inches)|