Standing figure, Teke / Yaka, Democratic Republic of Congo.
This is a fine old, skillfully carved, standing Teke or Yaka fetish figure. Rising from bent legs with arms carved close to the body, rectangular cavity filled with cloth/magical mass, solid neck crowned by an oval head with big bean-shaped eyes, scarification marks on the face and typical coiffure.
Dry wood, dull middle brown patina, remains of red powder, remains of fabric on the buttocks, min. dam., cracks, traces of abrasion, on wooden base.
Height without base: 23 cm - 9.1 inch.
Provenance: Robert van der Heyden, Amsterdam, Netherlands.