YAKA FETISH FIGURES 3, (41-55) DRC

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


YAKA
Fetish 41
14.5" high
$300

 

YAKA
Fetish 42
14" high
$200



 YAKA
Fetish 43
14.5" high
$400

YAKA
Fetish 44
13.5" high
$200


YAKA
Fetish 45
13" high
$300

YAKA
Fetish 46
13" high
$250

YAKA
Fetish 47
12.75" high
$250

YAKA
Fetish 48
12.75" high
$250


YAKA
Fetish 49
12.25" high
$250

 

YAKA
Fetish 50
12" high
$250

YAKA
Fetish 52
12" high
$300

YAKA
Fetish 54
19.5" high
$300


YAKA
Fetish 55
22.5" high
$400

YAKA
Fetish 56

14" high
$200

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

YAKA, FETISH FIGURES 3, 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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