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Bambara Nyeleni callipyge statue (N° 18314)

An austere, angular face, overlooking a body articulated around globular masses, such is this statue Bambara, named 'little favorite', Nyeleni in Bambara. Black greasy patina, ochre inlays. Slight cracks and abrasions.
The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creative god generically called Ngala and who maintains the order of the universe. Its existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who has given all the qualities to men and who grows the fruits of the earth. Large masked festivals close the initiation rites of the association dyo and the ritual of gwan s bambara in the south of the Bambara country. Spread over a seven-year period for men, they are less demanding for women. The new initiates then celebrate, in groups, from village to village, their symbolic rebirth. It is the sons of the blacksmiths who dance around these statues that were arranged outside the festivities grouped on an altar after having oiled and decorated them. Each effigy carried a message to the insiders.  

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Originex-collection Steadworthy - UK
EthnyBambara
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height73
Width22
Weight7.15 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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