The two figures below have been vetted as being authentic with signs of use and age.
For more examples of Bateke Fetishes, GO TO BATEKE STYLE FETISH FIGURES 2 PAGE
Fetishes were protective figures used by individuals, families, or whole communities. They were used to destroy or weaken evil spirits, prevent or cure illnesses, repel bad deeds, solemnize contracts or oath-taking, and decide arguments. A diviner or holy person would activate the statue, using magical substances. Fetishes gained power and were effective because people believed in them.
Small Butti figures were individually owned and served
to protect or heal. Facial scarification patterns are identical to those
of Bateke men. The figures would gain special power by the addition of organic
material (Bonga), placed in a cavity in the body or encased
in a clay or cloth mantle enclosing most of the body. Many have extra natural
objects attached to the figure for an increase in power.
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