Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Five Yaka Hairpins
    Democratic Republic of Congo, late 19th to early 20th century

    Wood with patinas from use. Three of antelope heads with tall horns; one a traditional Yaka head with large upturned nose and crested headdress; one (the shortest) with geometric sections, one side covered with fine geometric patterns, the other side with a bird in a cartouche. In good condition, appropriate for age, use, and materials; the Yaka head has a crack on its proper left back side; one antelope head has a shortened tine and possibly the tips of the horns are deficient, and there is a crack on the front; another antelope head with crack on back. Each with a custom wood stand.

    Private Collection, New York
    Acquired by the current collection in 1992
    Lance Entwistle, London
    Ginzberg Collection, New York
    Charles Ratton, Paris
    Stephen Chauvet, Paris

    Exhibited and published:
    Perspectives - Angles on African Art, exhibited at the The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, The Center for African Art, New York, The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, 1987-1988. Catalog: Vogel, Susan, ed., Perspectives: Angles on African Art, New York: The Center for African Art, 1987, p. 108.

    Heights: ranging from 6 to 8 ¼ inches

    Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000.

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    14th Wednesday
    Post-Auction Buys Period Ends
    2 Days 8h 0m
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: N/A
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 372

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Show Auction Type Info

    Buy Now:
    Track Item