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Bamana rider figure (N° 20625)

Ex-collection of French African art. The Bamana, like the Dogon, magnify the ancestors through representations of horsemen on horseback. These last ones constitute major characters of the theater of puppets organized by the associations of young people.
These works also evoke the horse races between young Bamana. The ears and hands of this naked rider, riding without stirrups, have been symbolically accentuated.
Beautiful warm brown patina, velvety, residual ochre inlays. Misses.
The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and Malinke. Groups of Bambara artisans nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of carving ritual objects, endowed with the nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magical objects, the role of healer and diviner is also attributed to them. Their powers are transmitted to their women, who alone have the right to produce pottery. Six male associations, the Dyow , using Bambara masks, structure the Bambara community: young people first enter the n'tomo circumcision society, then comes the komo ,the nama , the kono , the koré and finally the Tyi Wara agrarian society.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyBambara
Countrymali
Material(s)wood, socle en metal
Height49
Depth24
Width14
Weight3.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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