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Yaka handle mask (N° 18963)

This African mask of the Northern Yaka, equipped with a handle, presents a face with a raised border, globular eyes with pierced pupils, a flat nose and a half-opened mouth. Two-tone satin patina. Initiation songs accompanied the appearance of the African Yaka mask. The latter, when they had a stepped headdress, were classified as high-ranking masks. Their design sparked the creativity of sculptors who were rewarded by the chiefs for their talent. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, the Yaka society was governed by chiefs of lineage 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, which is found among the Oriental Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc...), and which employs various charms and masks in order to ensure a vigorous lineage. <(C.M.Faïk-Nzuji, The Power of the Sacred ; Yaka , Arthur P.Bourgeois)  

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Originex-collection allemande
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight1.65 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
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