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Yaka figure
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These primitive African statues providing protection against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the sponsor of the object. This powerful tribal art object was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. Very unusual thanks to its expressive physiognomy, its joined hands indicating the confession of a fault, its base formed of contiguous webbed feet, this yaka statue also stands out for its structure.
Smooth golden brown patina.

Hierarchical and authoritarian, made up of formidable warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that results from it are nowadays an opportunity for the Yaka to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals ...


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Yaka necklace
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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 ...


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Yaka figure
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Thesetribal statues, ritual charmsbelonging to lineages and providing protection against enemies, were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the sponsor of the object. These sculptures were then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas, and additions in the form of talismans. The headdress is that of the land chiefs. Beautiful shiny dark brown patina, abrasions.
Hierarchical and authoritarian, made up of formidable warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that results from it are nowadays an opportunity for the Yaka to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms linked to the "khosi" institution. The youth initiation society is the n-khanda, ...


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Yaka figure
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Yaka figure

These African statuettes , ritual charms belonging to the lineages and ensuring protection against enemies, were made following the instructions of Nganga ngoombu and the sponsor of the object. The traditional sculptures were then activated with rituals and incantatory formulas, and additions in the form of talismans or medicinal substances. The characteristic headdress is that of the heads of land. These sculptures were often hung in the boxes. Satin patina, abrasions.
Hierarchical and authoritarian, made up of formidable warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage chiefs with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the resulting prestige are the opportunity nowadays for the Yaka to invoke ancestors and to evoke rituals with the help of ...


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Yaka Mask
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br>This African Yaka mask, carved in soft wood, depicts a mythical antelope from local tales, patron saint of young initiates. Partially abraded burgundy brown velvety patina.
Losses and desication cracks.
Height on base: 73 cm.
Hierarchical and authoritarian, made up of formidable warriors, the Yaka society, now established on the banks of the Waamba in the south west of the DRC (Kasai Occidental), was governed by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that results from it are nowadays an opportunity for the Yaka to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms linked to the "khosi" institution. The initiation ceremony for young people is called n-khanda, which is found among the eastern Kongo ...


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Mpakasa mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Mpakasa mask

This zoomorphic mask appears at the end of initiation ceremonies. It symbolizes power and the spirit of vengeance. Associated with the wild buffalo, it is also associated with curative rites and is also used in rituals related to hunting.
Beautiful patina of use locally flaked, brown mixed with red ochre, residues of kaolin.
Part of the raffia border is missing. Located in the Democratic Congo between the Yaka and the Tchokwe of Angola, the small Holo ethnic group migrated from the Angolan coast to settle near the banks of the Kwango River. Hunting and agriculture provide their livelihood. Neighboring ethnic groups, such as the Suku and Yaka, have influenced their traditional carvings. The Holo have indeed produced helm masks and prestige objects for the ruling ...


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Yaka Drum
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The Yaka like to surround themselves in daily life with charms embellished with sculpted objects with cephalomorphic motifs, such as this African musical instrument, Yaka slit drum, mukoku ngombu, nkoku ngombu, intended for divination ceremonies and curative rites. The head, which would represent the mediator diviner wearing a high skullcap, has a heart-shaped face in which the eyelids protrude.
Satin patina, locally abraded. Cracks and marks of use. Among the Yaka, at the new moon, the ngaanga ngoombu diviner covers his face with kaolin before issuing an oracle. During its daytime passage through the underground, the moon coats itself with this white clay. The night would convey the virtues of life. The Mukoku Nogombu drum is the miniature version of the large mondo slit ...


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Yaka Kholuka Mask
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Yaka Kholuka mask of circumcision and initiation of young boys, marking the end of the period of confinement.
These masks represent the various degrees of the insider hierarchy, and as the personal imagination can be expressed freely, they are very varied.
The set has retained its polychromy well.
The representation of the upturned nose is quite characteristic of the Yaka ethnic group. The headdress is topped with a cloth reptile.

The Yaka society is extremely hierarchical and authoritarian. The leader of lineage has the right to life and death on his subjects. As is often the case, the artistic current of the ethnic group has been influenced by neighbouring populations. For the Yaka, the influence comes mainly from the Suku and Kongo ethnic groups. Yaka's ...


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Yaka Yiteke Fetish
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African art, lineage charms
Ex-collection French tribal art.
This anthropomorphic figure must have contained a ritual magic charge, textile now missing held it all around the bust of the figure. These tribal statues providing protection against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. This powerful tribal art object was then activated with rituals and incantatory formulas. One of the feet is damaged. Satin patina. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage chiefs who had the right of life and death over their subjects. The hunt and the prestige that comes with it are the occasion today for the Yaka to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals using ...


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Suku/Yaka figure
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These tribal statues providing protection against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the sponsor of the object. This tribal art sculpture was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. Among neighboring Kongo clans, the naked, squatting posture, sondama, evokes emergency action, attacking enemies in a supernatural way. Smooth orange-brown patina. Desication cracks.

The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, geographically very close in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have the same social and political structure as well than similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Hierarchical and authoritarian, made up of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was ruled by lineage leaders ...


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Yaka Whistle
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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.
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Yaka Fly Hunt
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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 ...


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Yaka / Suku Yiteke figure
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African art, charms of lineages.
Ex-french tribal art collection.
The abdomen of this anthropomorphic figure embodying a mediator ancestor was emptied to receive relics of ancestor or a magical ritual charge. A similar figure painted red ochre, in miniature, is attached to the neck of the character, a fish hangs in his back. These tribal statues providing protection against enemies were carried out according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the sponsor of the object. This powerful object of tribal art was then activated with rituals and incantations. The headgear of this figure, similar to that of the neighbouring Zombos who produced fetishes of the same type, is representative of those of the Kwango River region. One of the feet is damaged. Uneven matte ...


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Yaka talisman necklace
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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 ...


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Yaka Musaw zoomorphic headrest
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This type of neck rest named musaw or m-baambu, is among the African tribal art objects incorporating the ritual charms of matrilineal officials and family heads. The latter, who kept them in their bedrooms, sought to preserve their sophisticated tribal headdresses.
Some of these carvings had magical charges inserted into discrete cavities.
Abraded brown patina.
Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage chiefs with the right of life and death over their subjects. The hunt and the prestige that comes with it are the occasion today for the Yaka to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms linked to the "khosi" institution. The youth initiation society is the n-khanda, which is found ...


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Statuette Yaka Yiteke
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Ex-collection of Belgian African art.
These tribal statues, ritual charms belonging to the lineages and providing protection against enemies, were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the person who commissioned the object. These sculptures were then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas, and additions in the form of talismans. The object consists of a couple placed back to back, sharing a common loincloth and wearing a common crest. The headdress is that of the chiefs of the earth, the nose has a characteristic curled tip shape. These sculptures were hung in the huts. Chocolate patina coated with clay residues. Cracks of desiccation.

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Yaka Talisman
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Carved miniature acting as a talisman providing, for the Yaka, protection against various plagues. Lustrous patina. It was made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the person who commissioned the object. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage chiefs who had the right of life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that comes with it are the occasion nowadays for the Yaka to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals with the help of charms. The initiation society for young people is the n-khanda, which is found among the eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc.), and which uses various charms and masks with the aim of ensuring a vigorous lineage. The artistic productions of this ethnic group ...


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Yaka Yiteke fetish
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These tribal statues, ritual charms belonging to lineages and providing protection against enemies, were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's patron. These African sculptures were then activated with rituals and incantatory formulas, and additions in the form of talismans or medicinal substances. The headdress is that of the earth chiefs, the nose has a characteristic snub nose shape. These sculptures were often hung in the huts. Matt patina, pinkish ochre highlights. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage chiefs who had the right of life and death over their subjects. The hunt and the prestige that comes with it are the occasion today for the Yaka to invoke the ancestors ...


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Yaka figure
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Ex Belgian African art collection.
These tribal statues, ritual charms belonging to the lineages and providing protection against enemies, were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's patron. These sculptures were then activated with rituals and incantatory formulas, and additions in the form of talismans. The headdress is that of the earth chiefs, the nose has a characteristic snub nose shape. These sculptures were often hung in the huts. Medium brown satin patina. Fissure of desiccation, erosions. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage chiefs who had the right of life and death over their subjects. The hunt and the prestige that comes with it are the occasion today for the ...


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Votive statue Yaka
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This Yaka statue is very expressive.

On the face, the black patina gives a very clear area from which the characteristic curved nose stands out. The toothed mouth is open and encrusted with red pigment with a rough patina and a cloth loincloth. Yaka society is extremely hierarchical and authoritarian. The lineage chief has the right of life and death over his subjects. As often, the artistic movement of the ethnic group has been influenced by neighboring populations such as Suku. For the Yaka, the influence is mainly from the Suku and Kongo ethnic groups. Yaka statuary focuses on healing as well as evil spells.


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Yaka Nkoku Ngoombu Slit Drum
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The Yaka surround each other in everyday life with charms embellished with carved cephalomorphic figures, such as this Yaka slit drum, mukoku ngombu, nkoku ngombu, intended for divination rituals. The head, which would appear the mediating soothsayer with a high cap, has widely surrounded coffee bean eyes and then highlighted with a "masque" extending to the ears peeled off. The mouth offers hemmed lips and the nose the drawing of large nostrils. The neck is embellished with a necklace of pearls, shards of pink mother-of-pearl and small shells.
Beautiful patina, blackish residual inlays.
With the Yaka, at the new moon, the soothsayer ngaanga ngoombu covers his face with kaolin before issuing an oracle. During its daytime passage into the basement, the moon is coated with ...





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