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Great Yaka Figure on Custom Base 20″ – DRC – African Art

$525.00

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This Yaka statue is a beautiful piece of artwork and would make a wonderful addition to any collection. The piece comes attached to a custom base for easy display. It measures 20 inches tall and weighs 3.5 pounds. There is some damage around the base including cracking, scuffing and wear and tear – please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Yaka

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

19.5" figure | 20" including base

Width

2.75" figure | 6" base

Depth

2.75" figure | 6" base

Weight

1.5 lbs figure | 3.5 lbs including base

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.

Tribe Information

About the Yaka People

“Today, the 300,000 Yaka people live along the Wamba River. They migrated from Angola during the 16th century and settled under the control of the Kongo kingdom. In the 18th century their lands were annexed by the Angola-based Lunda people, but by the 19th century the Yaka had regained their independence. Yaka society is tightly structured and headed by a chief of Lunda origin, the Kiamfu, who delegates responsibilities to ministers and lineage chiefs, Unkwagata. Young men are expected to pass through various initiation stages, including circumcision. The tribe lives principally from hunting, although subsidiary farming is undertaken by the women. Yaka artistic tradition is rich and various, but much of it has been informed by their neighbours - the Suku, the Kongo, the Holo and the Teke. Nevertheless, Yaka statues do have common characteristics- an upturned nose and applied pigments.

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

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