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Yaka Yiteke fetish statuette (N° 17625)

These tribal statues protecting against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. These lineage charms were then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. The character is lined with a packet of textiles trapping the magic charge, the whole thing is securely held thanks to rods and wicker straps. The headdress is that of the Yaka chiefs. Satin patina.
Authoritative and authoritarian Aerarchic, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was ruled by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the resulting prestige are an opportunity for the Yaka today to invoke ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms related to the institution .Khosi. The initiation society of young people is the n-khanda , which is found among the Eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc...),) and which uses various charms and masks in order to ensure a vigorous lineage. The ethnic groups Suku and Yaka, very close geographically, have the same social and political structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. (C.M.Faïk-Nzuji, The Power of the Sacred) ( " Treasures of Africa Ed. Tervuren Museum( Yaka, 5Continents  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyYaka
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, osier, textile
Height30
Width10
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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