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unknown Congolese (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Congolese Primary

unknown Teke

Butti (Male Figure) with Bonga Cavity

19th century - 20th century

13 x 3 in. (33.02 x 7.62 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.53
Other Number(s): 84-21A (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Teke, Bateke, Congolese, Central African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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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.
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • 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.
  • fetishes - Objects believed to be enchanted, or have magical power to aid or protect its owner.
  • ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
  • Teke
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Jean- Baptiste Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 1998), 133. Figure Number: 6
  • Frank Willett, African Art (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 2002), 152. Figure Number: 158

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Jean- Baptiste Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 1998), 132-135.
  • Frank Willett, African Art (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 2002), 150, 152.
  • 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.
  • "ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA." (Accessed May 10, 2020):

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