Peoples & Societies


The Yanzi, a trading community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are organized by a caste system. The Yanzi peoples have a tradition of exchanging artistic styles and borrowing forms from neighboring cultures. However influenced by their neighbors the Yanzi may be, their figures are recognizable by their elongated and angular forms. Today, the Yanzi peoples number around forty thousand.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 305.

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