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Yaka neck support (N° 18967)
This type of neck support named musaw or m-baambu, kept in bedrooms, is part of the African tribal art objects incorporating the personal ritual charms of matrilage leaders and heads of families to preserve their beautiful tribal headdresses. This bird would be a reference to the stork. Some of these sculptures had magical charges inserted in discreet cavities. Satin brown patina.
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Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, the Yaka society was governed by lineage chiefs who had the right of life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the resulting prestige are the occasion nowadays, for the Yaka, to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals with the help of charms linked to the "khosi" institution. The initiation society for the young is the n-khanda 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. Devoting a special cult to twins, the Bayaka (Sing. Yaka) also use Janiform statues named yikubu related to the rites common to boys and girls (C.M.Faïk-Nzuji," La puissance du Sacré" ; "Yaka", A.P.Bourgeois, ed.5continents ).
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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