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Statuette Temne (N° 18644)
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This finely detailed, figurative female sculpture depicts a dressed figure, standing, a cut in balance on the palm of one of his outstretched hands. Without specific information on its origin and use, this figure from the regions between Sierra Leone and Guinea, may have belonged to the women's society Temne, named Bundu or Bondo . The Mended voisins had similar effigies. These were used in healing rites for violators of the rules enacted by The Sandé Society. Black-brown oily patina, revealing under the usual abrasions a golden wood and some tiny notes of red pigments. Very good condition.
The Temnés organized themselves into chiefdoms led by a supreme leader. The society ragbenle or mneke, responsible for fertility, intervened at the death of the chief. The association bundu, for its part, prepared the girls for their adult lives. The Temne and bullom have made a lot of 'Afro-Portuguese' ivories European orders. They are also known for the small steatite sculptures.
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