Yaka Miniature Standing Female Congo African Art Sale Was $95.00
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Yaka Miniature Standing Female Congo African Art Sale Was $95.00:
TitleYaka Miniature Standing Female Congo African Art Type of ObjectCarving, Figure, Statue, SculptureCountry of OriginDemocractic Republic of CongoPeopleYaka MaterialsWoodApproximate Age20th centuryOther DimensionsHeight: 11.5 Inches
Width: 3 Inches
On base: 13 inches H x 3 x 3.5 inch baseOverall ConditionGoodDamage/RepairCracks
Additional Information: 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
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