YAKA FETISH FIGURES 2 (21-40), DRC

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


YAKA
Fetish 21
23.5" high
$600

 

YAKA
Fetish 23
21" high
$500

 

YAKA
Fetish 24
22" high
$500

 

YAKA
Fetish 25
22" high
$500

YAKA
Fetish 26
23.5" high
$600

 

YAKA
Fetish 27
22" high
$300

 

YAKA
Fetish 29
20" high
$400


YAKA
Fetish 30
20" high
$500

YAKA
Fetish 31
19.75" high
$400



YAKA
Fetish 33
19.5" high
$250


YAKA
Fetish 34
18.5" high
$400

YAKA
Fetish 35
18" high
$250

YAKA
Fetish 36
18.5" high
$250

YAKA
Fetish 38
17" high
$400


YAKA
Fetish 39
17" high
$300

YAKA
Fetish 40
15.5" high
$300

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

YAKA, FETISH FIGURES 2, 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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