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Yaka Standing Female With Children Congo African Art

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Title Yaka Standing Female With Children Congo Africa
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Democractic Republic of Congo
People Yaka
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 18.5 inches H. x 5.25 inches W.
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Cracks and chips in places, wood flaws, general wear.


Additional Information: A Yaka standing figure with Children showing a worn patina.  It is always difficult to assign a name or to attach a Yaka figure like this to any category without knowing how the figure was used by its owner. This figure may belong  to any category of power figures that  serve in healing rituals or for individual protection. After the healing process, the patient would be given such figurines by the healer to ensure a definite recovery and keep the protective spirits in the patient 's family to prevent any other attack from the spirits responsible for the misfortune.  In many of these cases, there would be magical elements attached to the figure to empower it. 


The present day Yaka number approximately 300,000 and live along the Kwango River in the SW Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their neighbors are the the Kongo, Teke, Zombo, Nkanu, Suku,Pindi, Mbala, Hugann, Holo,Chokwe, and so forth. They have a highly developed artistic sense---and they instill beauty and drama in even mundane objects. They are best known for the upturned noses found on initiation masks and diviner's fetishes, but their art can be abstract and vague as well. They sometimes create statues of considerable proportions. Though these normally are used by diviners and fall in the power figures or "fetish" category (M'bwoolo), the Yaka also carve large ancestor figures placed in the family shrines.


There are many wonderful Yaka artworks pictured in scholarly texts and their masks and figures grace the finest museums and private collections. You can see some stunning pieces and read about the Yaka in ART OF THE YAKA AND SUKU, by Arthur P. Bourgeois, 1984