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Yela mask (N° 20648)
This flat, circular African mask was kept in a lodge basket belonging to the secret society ekanga . Velvety patina, polychrome highlights.
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Height on base: 46 cm.
The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole and the Yela are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, hanged men. Biebuck ,of the hanged, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and sentencing to hanging those guilty of infractions of the imposed rules. These offenses ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy encircling the lilwa . Dishonored, the bodies of condemned persons were not given any burial and were buried in the forest. It was during the end-of-initiation ceremonies, presided over by a notable isoya , that these statues were exhibited, presented lying on a litter.
In addition to this type of figure, the Yela carve effigies of ancestors.
The Yela worship nature spirits and ancestors.
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