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Located in central and southern Mali, the Bambara, Bamana, or "unbeliever", name given to them by the Muslims, belong to the large group Mande, like Soninke and Malinke. Animists, they also believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala, which has 266 sacred attributes. One, by each day of the 9 lunar months that lasts the gestation of a child. Ngala maintains the order of the universe. Its existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, master of the Word, who gave all the qualities to men and who grows the fruits of the earth.


Bamana animal mask
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Very graphic mask, whose curved jaw would evoke the "sucking" of knowledge. The deep oiled patina is raised by geometrical patterns carefully incised on the surface. Erosions. Established in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara, "Bamana" or "unbelievers", as the Muslims have named them, belong to the large Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. Mostly farmers, but also breeders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. Groups of Bambara artisans nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of sculpting ritual objects, endowed with nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magical objects, the role of healer and diviner is also attributed to them Six male associations, the Dyow , using Bambara masks, structure the Bambara ...


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Bamana, Bambara Rider
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Tribal art > African Rider > Bamana Rider

The Bamana, like the Dogon, magnify the ancestors through representations of cavaliers. The latter are major characters in the puppet theater organized by youth associations.
These works also evoke the horse races between young Bamana. The character rides without stirrups, and is wearing the traditional cap.
Grayish matte patina. 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 ...


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Bamana Buffalo Mask
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This large animal mask, not subject to initiation rites, offers a nice balance of volumes. It is in the Bougoumi region that villagers gather each year to celebrate the end of the dry season, through masked dances and abundant consumption of beer and palm wine. This mask is the first to come on stage before other zoomorphic masks. Old patina, smooth and locally abraded. Indigenous restorations using metal sheets. Slight impacts.
Total top on a pedestal: 85 cm.
in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara, Bamana (c) or unbelievers, as the Muslims have named them, belong to the great Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. Mostly farmers, but also herders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. The groups of craftsmen bambara nyamakala , more ...


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Bambara, Bamana mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Bamana mask

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This African Bambara mask is topped by a stylized crest. The eyes, framed by circular ears, are set under a bulbous forehead decorated with fine scarified patterns, while an imposing busted nose dominates narrow prominent lips.
The smooth, lustrous patina is adjacent to residues encrusted with light pigments.
Native restoration at the top.
The Bambara , Bamana , are found in central and southern Mali. The name means "unbeliever" and was given to them by the Muslims. They belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and Malinke. Animists, they also believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala, who has 266 sacred attributes.
His existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, master of the Word, who gave ...


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Hyena Bamana face mask
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Beautiful "V" geometry for this African animal mask associated with the secrets of the bush, endowed with a rectilinear machoîre. Between the horns, a prominence evokes the tuft of hair removed after the death of the animal. Deep dark patina, glossy, abraded on the reliefs. Established in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara, "Bamana" or "unbelievers", as the Muslims have named them, belong to the large Mande group, along with the Soninke and the Malinke. Mostly farmers, but also breeders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. Groups of Bambara artisans nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of sculpting ritual objects, endowed with nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magical objects, the role of healer and diviner ...


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Cephalomorphic Crest Ci Wara kun Bamana
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Ex-collection French tribal art.
African art of blacksmith craftsmen "numu".
This sculpture with straight lines, clean, has holes at the base of the neck, which allowed it to be fixed by means of raffia ties on the basket hat placed on the head. Mate oiled patina. It would be an animal -genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. They recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means "fauve of the earth".Carried at the top of the skull and held in place by a kind of small basket, these cimiers accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tun , association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks roamed the field, leaping away from the nyama, evil scents, and detecting any danger, or ...





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