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YAKA initiation mask - Wood - DRC

Lot reference 28602705

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Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: YAKA initiation mask
Region/ country: DRC
Material: Wood
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 53×16×53 cm

The Yaka are known for their sculptural production whose predominant element is the mask.
Carved for the occasion, the helmet-masks only come out as part of the initiation ceremony "N-Khanda", reserved for young people.
The set of masks consists of five pieces: a pair of masks "Ndeemba", a large mask "Kholuka" and a pair of "Tsekedye".
All of them consist of a human face.
Such "Tsekedye" are worn by the masters of initiation and the elders of the novices during choreographed dances.
They occupy the lowest rank in the hierarchy.
The kaolin, used to colour the face, would return to the notion of androgyny, symbolising both sperm and breast milk.
For a period of time that varies according to location, novices live as a recluse in a forbidden place, away from the village.
Physical tests and privations are imposed on them while they receive their initiatory training.

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    très bien fait,top
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    Lucassen3 August 6, 2019

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    Très beau bouclier qui est arrivé en très bon état, car il était parfaitement emballé. Il a déjà trouvé sa place dans la décoration africaine de la maison. Un grand merci. Cordialement, Raoul
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    user-24fd5af August 5, 2019

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    I love it. To recommend
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    user-c851529 July 31, 2019

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    Wie beschrieben, gut verpackt
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    user-6ab0a03 July 16, 2019

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    Colis bien emballé, bonne réception , beau masque.
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    user-72a4e94 July 15, 2019

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    Mooi!
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    user-a528b48 July 8, 2019

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    masque sans valeur : présentant bien plus que de l'usure puisqu'une oreille est cassée mais en plus les plaques basses du visage sont manquantes et leur fixations cachées par une patine recente.
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    carnopunique July 5, 2019

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    Bonjour Mr Laurens,

    le masque a été collecté dans cet état il y a plusieurs années.
    Il faisait parti d'un collection familial et je l'ai toujours connu et vu tel quel.
    Je peux vous affirmer et vous confirmer qu' aucunes restaurations "récentes"n'a été faite sur le masque.
    Je suis formelle.
    Bien à vous.
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    Excellent bonne livraison un grand merci superbe masque
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    user-72a4e94 June 29, 2019

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    Wundervoll, wie beschrieben. Sehr gut verpackt
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    user-6ab0a03 June 26, 2019

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    Très bien !
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    phil7533 June 23, 2019

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    Schöne Maske, wie beschrieben
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    user-6ab0a03 June 21, 2019

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    Parfait. merci ! Laurent
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    maisonhilarion June 11, 2019

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    Envío realizado en plazo y forma, nada que objetar.
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    user-43f66d2 June 5, 2019

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    Nice object,not very expensive.Delivered in time,wellpacked
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    steenhouwer June 5, 2019

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    Merci
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    user-f4cb8b2 May 30, 2019

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    Sehr schöne Maske, wie beschrieben
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    user-6ab0a03 May 23, 2019

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    Masque reçue très rapidement, bien conditionnée et en bonnes conditions
    Dommage le support de la masque pas inclus, j’aurais payé le support
    Merci
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    pedroclemente2 May 15, 2019

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