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Yiteke statuette of Yaka (N° 17809)

These tribal statues, ritual charms belonging to the lineages and providing protection against enemies, were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the sponsor of the object. These sculptures were then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas, and additions in the form of talismans. The character offers a bulbous bust above which his hands come to join. The headdress is that of the earth's heads, the nose affects a characteristic upturned tip shape. These sculptures were hanging. in the boxes. Semi-mate dark patina.

Aerarchic and authoritarian, 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 suisse
EthnyYaka
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, textile
Height38
Width8
Weight0.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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