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Yiteke figure - Yaka - Congo
Yaka (Bayaka) in traditional African art in Congo
African figure of standing figure with a prominent nose. The hands are at the height of the abdomen and the knees are flexed in a dynamic attitude. The upturned nose, characteristic of several other ancient sculptures, quickly identified for the three-dimensional sculpture Yaka, but this feature has not already passed in the round-robin statuary made after 1930.
The turned-up nose explicitly refers to the morphology of the masks involved in the rites of initiation into adulthood, where this nasal appendage is a phallic symbol and an evocation of elephant.
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