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Yaka n-kisyan-khanda mask (N° 17912)

An elaborate structure, based on textile-trimmed basketry, has a single circular tray framed by antennae for this northern Yaka mask. The Zombo also used similar masks sculpted by the Yaka. The visor here is broken. Insiders could wear these single-platform masks that appeared in pairs. Very beautiful locally abraded granular polychromy.
As initiation songs accompanied the appearance of the African Yaka mask, which incorporates the category of high-ranking masks thanks to its tiered headdress. Their design aroused the creativity of the sculptors whom the chefs rewarded for their talent. 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 using charms related to the institution .Khosi. The initiation society of young people is the n-khanda, found among the Eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc.), and which uses various charms and masks in order to ensure a vigorous lineage.
(C.M.Faïk-Nzuji, The Power of the Sacred ; Yaka , Arthur P.Bourgeois)  

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OriginColl. française Beauduin
EthnyYaka
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)woodn vannerie, textile, raphia
Height60
Width39
Weight0.88 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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