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Yaka talisman necklace (N° 15078)

This necklace of dried seeds, tubular beads, and a talisman from which two carefully carved heads appear, 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 ruled by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that comes with it are an opportunity today for the Yaka to summon ancestors and resort to rituals with the help of charms. 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. Ethnic artistic productions have been subject to the influences of neighbouring populations, mainly the Suku and Lula ethnic groups, and are sometimes difficult to differentiate.  

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Originex-collection espagnole
EthnyYaka
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood, graines, perles
Height33
Width4
Weight0.03 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx

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