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Yela knife (N° 22188)

Old Yela or Tetela knife, whose handle incised with discreet decorative hatching is made of wood.
Linear engravings line the contours of the blade.

Lack and desication cracks.
The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole and the Yela are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, hanged men, named ofika. Scattered throughout the Kasai basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of incessant conflicts with their neighbours. Their very diversified sculpture is marked by the influence of the groups living in contact with them: in the North, their art was subjected to the influence of the populations of the forest such as the Mongo, in the North-West that of the Nkutschu , and to the west that of the Binji and Mputu . Their traditional currency of exchange, "dikonga", in the form of spearheads, further contributed to making known the talent of their blacksmiths and those of the Nkutschu.  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)metal, wood
Height cm29
Width9 cm
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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