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Yaka statue (N° 27662)

Former French collection of African tribal art. This type of sculpture is a ritual charm belonging to lineages. Performed according to the instructions of Nganga ngoombu and the object’s sponsor, activated using rituals and incantatory formulas and additions in the form of talismans, they have a protective function. The headdress is that of the heads of earth, the nose affects a characteristic upturned shape. Cracks and abrasions. Composed of formidable warriors, the Yaka society was governed by lineage leaders with the right of life and death on their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that results from it are the occasion nowadays, for the Yaka, to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals with the help of charms related to the institution "khosi". (C.M.Faïk-Nzuji, "The Power of the Sacred")( "Treasures of Africa" ed. Museum of Tervuren)("Yaka", 5Continents  

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OriginEx-collection française FLB
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, textile, raphia
Height cm44
Width15 cm
Weight1.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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