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Bambara statue (N° 23470)
Tutelary femininity within African art Bambara, this sculpture of "little favourite", Nyeleni in Bambara, is soberly described, releasing a haughty and powerful altitude. The arms spread away from the body, extended by flattened hands, also give a particular dynamic.
Lumpy greasy patina, cracks, erosions.
The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and the Malinke.
Large masked parties close the initiation rites of the dyo association and the gwan ritual of the Bambara in the south of the Bambara country.
Spread over a period of seven years 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 placed outside the festivities grouped on an altar after having oiled and decorated them. Each effigy carried a message revealed to the initiates.
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