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Figurative Yimbila whistle Yaka
In African tribal art we find figurative objects such as musical instruments. At the Yaka, the leader of a hunt uses a whistle or yimbila to warn other trackers or to call his dog. The lateral extension of the instrument is used to modulate the tone. The image associated with it protects the hunter and brings him good luck in his business.
Whistles are mostly used in the height of the dry season during mass hunting, when game must be (often with a fire wall) to a pen surrounded by large nets. This atypical model has a head with a characteristic triple headdress. The piece could also be worn as a pendant.
- Presumed dating
- Circa 1930
- 15,5 x 5 cm
- Ethnic group
- Yaka / Bayaka
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Tribal art collection Belgium
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