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Yaka Whistle (N° 14214)

Ritual charms in African art Yaka
This type of object-talisman, worn as a pendant, was used by the chief during collective hunts, in order to alert his team or his dog, in order to direct the prey towards a goal. The whistling was modulated by the lateral appendage. The double head motive is supposed to protect hunters from any occult influence that jeopardizes the outcome of the enterprise. The success of the hunts was assured by specialists thanks to a wide variety of ritual objects, bags filled with protective magic substances, transportable, but also assemblages of various materials placed in shelters. Dark oiled patina, slightly abraded by use.
Hierarchical 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 prestige that ensues are an opportunity today for the Yaka to invoke ancestors and resort to rituals with the help of charms related to the institution "khosi". The initiation society of young people is the n-khanda , which is found in the Eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc...),and which uses various charms and masks in order to ensure a vigorous lineage. The Bayaka (Sing. Yaka) also use janiform statues called yikubu related to the rituals common to boys and girls. (C.M.Faïk-Nzuji, The Power of the Sacred; Yaka , Arthur P.Bourgeois )  

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OriginCollection Putteneers
EthnyYaka
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height cm16
Width7 cm
Weight0.18 Kg
Estimated dating1sthalfxxe
Socle includedYes

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