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Statue Yela (N° 18986)

A facetted morphology for this polychrome statue of the Yelas showing a figure with a curved bust carried by thick semi-bent legs. The curvature of the arms spread out follows that of the trunk. The diamond-cut head offers summary features. Matte polychrome patina, abraded. Cracks of desiccation. ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and condemning to hanging those guilty of infringing the rules imposed. These offences ranged from murder to adultery and the breaking of the secret surrounding the lilwa. Dishonored, the bodies of the condemned had no funeral and were buried in the forest. It was during the ceremonies of the end of initation, presided over by a notable isoya , that these statues were exhibited, presented lying on a litter. In addition to these types of figures, the Yela also carved effigies of ancestors.  

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OriginEx-collection E. Caldwell - USA
EthnyYela
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm38
Width14 cm
Weight1.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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