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Yaka Musaw neck support (N° 18229)

This type of neck-bearing called musaw or m-baambu, kept in the bedrooms, is one of the African tribal art objects incorporating the personal ritual charms of the matrilineal leaders and heads of the family in order to preserve their magnificent tribal headdresses. This bird would refer to the stork. Some of these sculptures had magical charges inserted into discrete cavities. Dark brown glossy patina.
Aerarchic and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was ruled by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the resulting prestige are an opportunity for the Yaka today to invoke ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms related to the institution .Khosi. The initiation society of young people is the n-khanda , which is found among the Eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc...),) and which uses various charms and masks in order to ensure a vigorous lineage. Wanting a special cult for twins, the Bayaka (Sing. Yaka) also use janiform statues named yikubu seed to the rites common to boys and girls. (C.M.Faïk-Nzuji, The Power of the Sacred; Yaka, A.P.Bourgeois, ed.5continents )  

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Originex-collection suisse
EthnyYaka
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height18
Depth17
Width6
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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