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Neckrest

A work made of wood.

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Date:

Late 19th-early 20th century

Artist:

Yaka
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

About this artwork

As an emblem of his combined political and spiritual responsibilities, a Yaka chief wore a hat of knotted, netted, and woven raffia that was charged with medicinal ingredients. An elaborately carved neckrest served as another part of his insignia. While it served the practical purpose of protecting the chief’s headgear while he slept, the imagery of this example—which may have held medicines in its interior—likely reflects the Yaka buildings on stilts that housed powerful ritual objects.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Yaka

Title

Neckrest

Origin

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date

1850–1925

Medium

Wood

Dimensions

16.7 × 9.8 × 17.4 cm (6 5/8 × 3 7/8 × 6 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of George F. Harding

Reference Number

1928.175

Extended information about this artwork

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