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Yaka neck support (N° 23839)

This type of neckrest called musaw or m-baambu, kept in the bedrooms, is part of the African tribal art objects integrating the personal ritual charms of the matrilineal leaders and heads of families in order to preserve their headdresses. Some of these sculptures had magical charges inserted into discreet cavities. Brown patina with mahogany reflections.
Hierarchical and authoritarian, made up of formidable warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that results from it are nowadays an opportunity 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 uses various charms and masks in order to to ensure a vigorous lineage. Dedicating a special cult to twins, the Bayaka (Sing. Yaka) also use janiform statues named yikubu linked 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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OriginCollection française
EthnyYaka
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm18
Depth11 cm
Width16 cm
Weight0.41 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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