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Yaka Box (N° 17113)

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
These primitive statues to protect against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. This powerful object of tribal art was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. The object is dug here at the neck to receive kaolin or other ingredients intended for the investiture of chefs. The head makes up the lid. Greyish brown satin patina. Cracks.

Archic and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was ruled by lineage leaders with the right to life and death on 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.Faïk-Nzuji, The Power of the Sacred)  

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Originex-collection Devrindt
EthnyYaka
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height cm72
Width18 cm
Weight4.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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