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Statue Bambara (N° 19077)
African art among the Bambara.
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Conical volumes for this African figure of "little favorite", Nyeleni in Bambara, whose feet disappear in a circular base. An angular, airy rhythm gives life to this statue. Shaded and abraded brown patina.
The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the great Mande group, like the Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala who maintains the order of the universe. His existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who gave all the qualities to men and who makes the fruits of the earth grow.
Great masked festivals close the initiation rites of the dyo association and the ritual of the gwan 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 was the bearer of a message revealed to the initiates.
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