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Standing Figure (Yiteke)

A work made of wood.

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  • A work made of wood.

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Yaka
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

About this artwork

Among the Yaka, these types of small wooden sculptures are known as yiteki and they serve a ritual function as receptacles for powerful substances employed to avert, contain and control malevolent forces. One of the most striking features of most yiteki is the prominent up-turned nose, which perhaps references the elephant—one of the most powerful animals in the bush. This figure holds both arms up to its chest or beard, wears a hat, has protruding ears, closed eyes, and a roughly cylindrical body with bulging stomach, bent knees and large feet.

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Arts of Africa

Culture

Yaka

Title

Standing Figure (Yiteke)

Origin

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date

1875–1925

Medium

Wood

Dimensions

H. 27.3 cm (10 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Deborah Stokes and Jeffrey Hammer

Reference Number

1987.315

Extended information about this artwork

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