Yaka figures demonstrate the intersections of sculpture and healing. The figure with the empty cavity once held a charge of potent medicinal substances, which its owners may have removed. The bottle in the shape of a female figure may have served as a medicinal container. The rendering of the female figure with her arms positioned tightly under her breasts and a turned-up nose are hallmarks of Yaka style.
Source: Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006