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Statuette Yela Okifa (N° 17375)

Male figure, stocky, distinguished by angular edges and a concave bust. The head with a flat skull is cut into diamonds. Sex also adopts the form of the orange. These sculptures embodying desecration of the Lilwa rules were hidden and exhibited on rare occasions. Locally chipped matte patina combining two pigments, erosions at the base.
The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole and Yela are known for their statues, according to D. Biebuck, of the hanged, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and sentencing those guilty of violations of the imposed rules to hang. These offences ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa . Disgraced, the bodies of condemned men had no funerals and were buried in the forest. It was during the end-of-the-introduction ceremonies, presided over by a notable isoya , that these statues were displayed, presented lying on a litter box. In addition to these figures, the Yela sculpt effigies of ancestors.  

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Originex-collection suisse
EthnyYela
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height30
Width7
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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