Yaka - Visions of Africa

Yaka - Visions of Africa
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Code article10132
Yaka - Visions of Africa
132 pages
Color photos
Soft cover
24 x 17 cm
0,525 kg
English

The Yaka, a tribe in the southwestern corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have for over a century produced figurative statuettes, masks, and other objects which have fascinated Western scholars, collectors, and explorers. This impressive book brings together some of the earliest examples, as well as some of the most visually striking, and explores their uses in installation and initiation ceremonies and curative rituals, examining their relationship to leadership, divination, and sorcery. Colonial influences as well as 'anti-fetish' religious movements are studied for their impact on Yaka traditional art. The book includes eighteen black-and-white illustrations and drawings accompanying the text, sixty-two colour plates with commentary, and an annotated bibliography.