Butti (Male Figure) with Bonga Cavity
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Butti (Male Figure) with Bonga Cavityca. 1915 - ca. 1985
12 in. (30.48 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
This object has the following keywords:
- African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
- Central African - Styles and cultures from a wide region of Africa that straddles the Equator and is drained largely by the Congo River system.
- Congolese - Nationality, styles, and cultures of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- figurines - Three-dimensional works that represent humans, animals, or mythical beasts at less than half life-size. While the term may be used interchangeably with "statuette" in certain situations, it differs in that a statuette is always free-standing while a figurine may be part of a larger work, such as a decorative detail on a candelabra or mirror.
- male - Referring to the sex that in reproduction normally produces sperm cells or male gametes.
- power - The property of strength, influence, and dominance over others, which can be personal, political, or national.
- ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
- sculpture - Three-dimensional works of art in which images and forms are produced in relief, in intaglio, or in the round. The term refers particularly to art works created by carving or engraving a hard material, by molding or casting a malleable material (which usually then hardens), or by assembling parts to create a three-dimensional object. It is typically used to refer to large or medium-sized objects made of stone, wood, bronze, or another metal. Small objects are typically referred to as "carvings" or another appropriate term. "Sculpture" refers to works that represent tangible beings, objects, or groups of objects, or are abstract works that have defined edges and boundaries and can be measured. As three-dimensional works become more diffused in space or time, or less tangible, use appropriate specific terms, such as "mail art" or "environmental art."
- statues - Sculpture in the round, usually but not always depicting humans, animals, mythical beings, or small figure groups. Statues are relatively large in scale, being life-size, larger than life-size, or only slightly smaller than life-size. For small-scale representations of humans, animals, or mythical beings, use "figurines," "statuettes," or another appropriate term. For depictions of humans, animals, or mythical beings in media other than sculpture, use "figures (representations)."
Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
Ownership End Date: 12/07/1996
Owner Name: Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936)
Place: London, United Kingdom
Acquisition Method: Purchase
Disposal Method: Sold at Auction, Christie's
Ownership Start Date: December, 1919
Ownership End Date: April, 27 1976
Remarks: Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936), London, United Kingdom #11701
Owner Name: Christie's Tribal Art Auction
Place: London, England
Ownership End Date: April 27, 1976
Owner Name: AE. Pratt
Role: Wellcome Representative
Place: Paris see: http://archives.wellcomelibrary.org/DServe/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Show.tcl&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqPos=58&dsqSearch=%28%28text%29%3D%27Pratt%27%29
Ownership Start Date: December, 1919
Remarks: Pratt was a buyer for Sir Henry Wellcome
Owner Name: Emile Heymann, Galerie Au vieux Rouet
Place: 87 Rue de Rennes, Paris, France
Ownership End Date: December 1919
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0013750.
Important Tribal Art
New York, NY, 1989
Page Number: Lot 204
Christie's Tribal Art Auction, London, England
Christie's Auction House.
April 27, 1976
Page Number: 22, Lot #108, Figure Number: Plate 7
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0154074.
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
- Robert Hottot and Frank Willett. "Teke Fetishes." The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 86, no. 1 (January - June 1956): 25-36.
- Linda Sigel, "A Private Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago." African Arts 5, no. 1 (Autumn 1971): 50-53.
- Frank Willett, African Art (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 2002), 150,152.
- Jean- Baptiste Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 1998), 153.
- "ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA." (Accessed May 10, 2020): Imodara.com. https://www.imodara.com/discover/dr-congo-teke-buti-ancestral-figure/.
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