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Matomba Figure – Wood – Teke – DR Congo


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Powerful Matomba figure from the Teke tribe of DR Congo. The figures carved by Teke are characterized by slightly bent legs, a columnar torso framed by arms bent a right angles and an enlarged head with typical linear facial scarification’s and a trapezoidal beard. Their height varies from between 15 and 80 cm and these figures can be used either for an individual or for the entire community.
The shape of the magical substances attached to the statue`s body often indicates it`s function. Matomba figures carry a barrel-shaped Bilongo and have apotropaic functions.
Good condition with traces of tribal use.

Provenance: Manfred Schäfer collection, ex- gallery owner from Ulm, Germany.

Object Matomba figure
Ethnic group: Teke
Country: DR Congo
Material: Wood
Estimated period: Mid 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 37x10x9 cm
Weight: 1000 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear