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This Yaka fetish figure (as called in older literature) or power figure, is attributed to the Suku people. It is an implement that would generally be used by diviners in the healing and protection rituals they held.

Yaka masks and figures have distinctive bulky forms, globular eyes, and turned-up noses; some are polychrome, and many have raffia cloth or fringes attached. Yaka figures are multi-functional and sometimes have contradictory roles, for example, they were used to heal and to cause illness.

Culture and Traditions

The Yaka are an African ethnic group found in the southwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo, with Angola border to their west.

Donation Details

Dr. & Mrs. Scotty Greenwald donated in the year 2002.


The Appraised Amount is $ 2,000.00.

Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

J. B . Coleman Library


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