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Yaka Headrest (N° 25131)

Delicate neck support decorated with a zoomorphic caryatid evoking the mpakasa mask, rising from a circular base. Satin light brown patina, minor abrasions and crazing.
Located in the Democratic Congo between the Yaka and the Tchokwé of Angola, the small Holo ethnic group migrated from the Angolan coast to settle near the banks of the Kwango River. Hunting and agriculture ensure their subsistence. The neighboring ethnic groups, such as the Suku and Yaka, have influenced their traditional sculptures. The Holo did indeed produce helm masks and prestige items for the ruling elite. The Holo used sculptures to guard against the influence of evil spirits, including that of the moon and the rainbow. These statues were placed near dwellings as protection against lightning. Bird figures are also used to protect against ndoki, or wizards, who activate evil spirits.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyYaka
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm17
Depth17 cm
Width11 cm
Weight0.54 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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