YAKA FETISH FIGURES 4 (61-72), DRC

The Yaka fetishes on this page have all been vetted as authentic, with evidence of age and use.


 YAKA
Fetish 61
14.25" high
$1000

 YAKA / ZOMBO
Fetish 62
13" high
$1500

 YAKA
Fetish 66
10.25" high
$1000

 YAKA
Fetish 67
9.75" high
$1000

 YAKA
Fetish 65
10.5" high
$500

 YAKA
Fetish 68
6.75" high
$500

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

YAKA, FETISH FIGURES 4, 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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