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Statuette Suku Kiteke (N° 19107)
Ex-collection of British African tribal art.
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A crouching posture for this figure supporting with his hands an imposing head with a thick snub-nosed "muzzle", evoking an evil spirit named kiteke. The strange cylindrical ears are also a notable feature. In neighboring Kongo clans, the naked, crouching posture, sondama , evokes an emergency action, attacking enemies in a supernatural way. Glossy patina. Cracks of desiccation. Lacks on a foot.
The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, which are geographically very close in the southwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the same social and political structure and similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations.
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 society of initiation of the young is the n-khanda n-khanda, which is found among the oriental Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc...), and which employs various charms and masks in order to ensure a vigorous lineage.
In addition to their nkisi fetishes, the Suku chiefs used fetishes named bwene , bisungu representing the ancestor of the clan.
Litt. C.M.Faïk-Nzuji, "La puissance du Sacré"; "Trésors d'Afrique" ed. Musée de Tervuren; "Yaka", 5Continents); "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.
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