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Yaka Mukoku ngombu slot drum (N° 14518)

The Yaka surround each other in everyday life with charms embellished with carved cephalomorphic figures, such as this Yaka slit drum, mukoku ngombu, nkoku ngombu , intended for divination and healing rituals. The head, which would appear the mediating soothsayer wearing a high cap, has coffee bean eyes deeply surrounded. The neck is surrounded by plant fiber ties that attach it to the stick. Beautiful patina of lustrous and sainized-at the Yaka, at the new moon, the soothsayer ngaanga ngoombu covers his face with kaolin before emitting an oracle. During its daytime passage into the basement, the moon is coated with this white clay. The night would convey the virtues of life. The Mukoku Nogombu is the miniature version of the large slit drums mondo and accompanies ritual songs. Ingredients were also mixed for medicinal use.

The yaka society is extremely hierarchical and authoritarian. The head of lineage has indeed the right to life and death on his subjects. As is often the case, the artistic current of the ethnic group was influenced by neighbouring populations. For the Yaka, the influence came mainly from the Suku and Kongo ethnic groups.
Ref.: "Yaka" A.P. Bourgeois (ed. 5Continents)  

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Originex-collection Heinzmat
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Weight0.90 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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