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Yela/Kela Statuette (N° 20742)
A faceted morphology for this Yela statue featuring a character with a narrow bust supported by thick angular legs. The large diamond-cut head offers a face with simply traced features. 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 ceremonies at the end of the initation, 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.
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Velvety patina, cracks and erosions.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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