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Yaka Treasures: African Art Revealed
Yaka statues are sculptural works of art created by the Yaka people, an ethnic group from Central Africa mainly found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These statues have great cultural and artistic significance within the Yaka community.
Small figurines like this one were used in various ritual contexts, such as healing ceremonies, rites of passage, ancestral cults and divinatory practices.
Yaka sculptures are characterised by distinct stylistic features. They often feature diamond-shaped heads with elaborate hairstyles and almond-shaped eyes.
These sculptures express notions of power, spirituality and protection within the Yaka culture. They were considered sacred objects and were revered for their powers and ability to communicate with spirits. Today, Yaka statues are also valued as works of art and are collected and displayed in museums and galleries around the world.
Yaka statues are a testament to the richness and diversity of African art, providing a fascinating insight into the culture and spirituality of the Yaka people.
- Presumed dating
- Circa 1960
- 21 cm
- Ethnic group
- Gathered in situ