African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Yaka Whistle
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 ...