Africa, Zaire, Yaka / Figure (biteki) / c. 1900Africa, Zaire, Yaka
Figure (biteki)
c. 1900

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Congolese
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Zaire, Yaka
Title: Figure (biteki)
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1895
Creation End Date: 1905
Creation Date: c. 1900
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood, lizard skin, tooth, shell, and cloth
Dimensions: Overall: 23cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1974.201
Credit Line: Gift of Katherine C. White
Style or Period: Africa, Zaire, Yaka
Context: Yaka sculptures known as biteki support sacred substances containing life force. These materials, together with the figure, assist the prayers and supplications of owners for protection from harm, sickness, or loss. Distinctive features of Yaka sculpture include bisected eyes, upturned nose, and framed facial area -- also seen in the Yaka mask (1969.8) seen in the mask section.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1974.201
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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