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Yaka awale (N° 21850)

Sculpted figure depicted kneeling, hands flat, back supporting an awale tray from the mancalas family, composed of thirty-two cells. Stones, seeds, pebbles or even shells formed the pawns. The object can be arranged vertically or horizontally. Satin patina.
Hierarchical and authoritarian, made up of formidable warriors, the Yaka society, now established on the banks of the Waamba in the south west of the DRC (Kasai Occidental), was governed by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that results from it are nowadays an opportunity for the Yaka to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms linked to the "khosi" institution. The initiation ceremony for young people is called n-khanda, which is found among the eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc.), and which uses various charms and masks in order to to ensure a vigorous lineage. Many prestige items were also used by the chiefs. Yaka (kalaweni) blacksmith-sculptors were rewarded for their skill by the chiefs.
 

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyYaka
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm28
Width100 cm
Weight10.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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