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Yaka Fly Hunt (N° 17192)

Prestigious objects in African art Yaka
Among the feasts, ritual sculptures and ceremonial objects, belonging to a chef or a soothsayer, this fly-hunt with a carved handle is associated with the prestige of authority. It has a thin belt braided with vegetable fibers. The tuft of hair is held at the handle thanks to cleverly intertwined wicker rods. Shard on the ringed section. Satin 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. Wanting a special cult for twins, the Bayaka (Sing. Yaka) also use janiform statues named yikubu related to rituals common to boys and girls. (C.M.Faik-Nzuji, The Power of the Sacred; Yaka , Arthur P.Bourgeois)  

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Originex-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, crin animal, plant fibre
Height cm49
Width7 cm
Weight0.15 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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