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Yaka Yiteke Fetish (N° 16594)

African art, lineage charms
Ex-collection French tribal art.
This anthropomorphic figure must have contained a ritual magic charge, textile now missing held it all around the bust of the figure. These tribal statues providing protection against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. This powerful tribal art object was then activated with rituals and incantatory formulas. One of the feet is damaged. Satin patina. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage chiefs who had the right of life and death over their subjects. The hunt and the prestige that comes with it are the occasion today for the Yaka to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms linked to the "khosi" institution. The youth initiation society is the n-khanda, which is found among the Eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc...),and which employs various charms and masks with the aim of ensuring a vigorous lineage. The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, which are very close geographically, have the same social and political structure and similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. (C.M.Faïk-Nzuji, "La puissance du Sacré")("Trésors d'Afrique" ed. Musée de Tervuren)  

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OriginCollection française
EthnyYaka
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height23
Width5
Weight0.15 Kg

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