This Yaka statue is a beautiful piece of artwork and would make a wonderful addition to any collection. The power figure is adorned with vegetable fiber, fabric and has a mirror centered on his abdomen. It measures 10.5 inches tall, 12 inches including base, and weighs 1.5 pounds. There is some cracking and wear and tear – please inspect photos carefully.
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Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber, fabric and glass mirror
10.5" figure | 12" including base
Some cracking and wear and tear. Fabric is tattered.
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.
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.