YAKA FETISH FIGURES 1 (1-20), DRC

Despite their appearance, these Yaka figures show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.


YAKA
Fetish 1
42" high
$1200



YAKA
Fetish 3
33" high
$700



YAKA
Fetish 4
32" high
$600


YAKA
Fetish 5
33.5" high
$700

YAKA
Fetish 6
30" high
$500

YAKA
Fetish 7
27.5" high
$400

YAKA
Fetish 8
28.5" high
$700


YAKA
Fetish 10
26.5" high
$700

YAKA
Fetish 11
27" high
$600

YAKA
Fetish 12
25" high
$800

YAKA
Fetish 13
24.5" high
$400


YAKA
Fetish 14
25" high
$500

 

YAKA
Fetish 15
23.5" high
$500

YAKA
Fetish 16
24" high
$500

 

YAKA
Fetish 18
22" high
$500


YAKA
Fetish 19
21.5" high
$500

 

YAKA
Fetish 20
22.5" high
$400

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

YAKA, FETISH FIGURES 1, DRC

Fetishes were protective figures used by individuals, families, or whole communities to destroy or weaken evil spirits, prevent or cure illnesses, repel bad deeds, solemnize contracts or oath-taking, and decide arguments. A diviner or holy person would activate the statue using magical substances. Fetishes gained power and were effective because people believed in them.

Yaka fetishes known as Biteki support sacred substances containing life force. These materials, together with the figure, assist the prayers and supplications of their owners for protection of harm, sickness or loss. Distinctive facial features of Yaka sculpture include the bisected eyes and upturned noses that are typical of their masks as well.


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