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Yaka necklace (N° 18212)

This necklace, made up of dried seeds, tubular beads, and two elaborately carved heads, is a lineage charm that protects against enemies. It was carried out according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the sponsor of the object. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was governed 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 with charms. 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. Ethnic artistic productions have been influenced by neighbouring populations, mainly the Suku and Lula ethnic groups, and are sometimes difficult to differentiate.  

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OriginCollection espagnole
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, perles, graines
Height cm29
Weight0.03 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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