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Bambara, Bamana, live in central and southern Mali. Their name means "unbeliever" and was given to them by the Muslims. They belong to the large Mande group, 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.


Bambara Nyeleni callipyge statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Bambara statue

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 ...

Statue Bambara Nyeleni
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Bamana

Female figure called "little favorite", Nyeleni in Bambara, erected on a circular base, arms spread out from the body, breasts in "shell" on a narrow bust. The face is topped with a ridged crest. The statuette, adorned with decorative motifs associated with traditional scarification marks, has a dull, abraded patina of age, revealing an underlying light wood. Desiccation cracks. 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 creator god generically called Ngala who maintains the order of the universe. His existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who gave all qualities to men and who makes the fruits of the earth grow. Great masked festivals close the initiation rites ...


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Statue Bambara
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African art among the Bambara.
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 ...


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Fetish Boli Bambara
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Tribal art > African fetish > Fetish Boli

This sculpture of a hunchbacked quadruped with a tail with an opening, has a thick, dark, blackish, hardened earthen layer impregnated with sacrificial elements, on which light-colored drips are outlined.
Called boli ( pl. boliw ), buffalo, in African tribal art, this fetish of variable size plays a central role in the ritual life of the Mandingo region. There are pocket "Boliw", and others that belong to chieftaincies, initiation societies such as the male initiation associations Kono and Komo whose members progress through a process spanning several decades, and even to states. The main function of a boli is to accumulate and control the natural life force called nyama for the spiritual benefit of the community . Used as altars or performed during dance performances, they ...


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Fetish Boli Bambara
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br> Called boli ( pl. boliw ), buffalo , in African art, this fetish of variable size plays a central role in the ritual life of the Mandingo region. There are pocket "Boliw", and others that belong to chieftaincies, initiatory societies such as the male initiation associations Kono and Komo whose members progress through a process spanning several decades, and even to states. The main function of a boli is to accumulate and control the natural life force called nyama for the spiritual benefit of the community . Used as altars or performed during dance performances, they are creations conceived from revelations miraculously granted to the geniuses of the bush and transmitted to the soothsayers, using active amalgams from nature and , or organic: daliluw . Animal bones, vegetable ...


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Mask crest Ci Wara kun of Bambara
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Tribal art > African mask > Ti Wara Mask

The Ti-wara, Ci wara, in African art.
This would be an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The latter recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hipporague antelope, whose name ci wara signifies of the earth. In addition to a decoration engraved with fine geometric patterns, the end of the horns is wrapped in leather and hair. Successive arches feature the wide neckline with a mane. The characteristics allow it to be attributed to the stylistic canons of the Ségou region. Light brown patina.
Ported to the top of the skull and held in place by a sort of small basket, these cimiers accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tion , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks bound the field as ...

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Fetish Boli Bambara
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Tribal art > African fetish > Fetish Boli

Called boli (pl. boliw ), buffle, in African art, this fetish of varying size plays a central role in the ritual life of the Mandingo region. There are Boliw from handheld, and others belonging to chiefdoms, initiation societies such as the Kono and Komo whose members are progressing through a process spanning several decades, and even at Etats.La main function of a boli is to accumulate and control the natural life force called nyama for the spiritual benefit of the community. Used as altars or performed during dance performances, they are creations conceived from revelations miraculously granted to the geniuses of the bush and transmitted to the soothsayers, using active amalgams from nature and, or organic: daliluw . Animal bones, plant materials, honey and metal are clustered around ...


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Fetish Boli Bambara
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Tribal art > African Statues > Boli Fetish

Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
Called boli (pl. boliw), buffle, in African art, this fetish of varying size plays a central role in the ritual life of the Mandingo region. There are pocket "Boliw", and others that belong to chiefdoms, initiation societies such as the male initiation associations Kono and Komo whose members progress through a process spanning several decades, and even to Etats.La main function of a boli is to accumulate and control the natural life force called nyama for the spiritual benefit of the community. Used as altars or performed during dance performances, they are creations designed from revelations miraculously tuned to the geniuses of the bush and transmitted to the soothsayers, using active amalgams from nature and, or organic: daliluw . Animal bones, ...


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Large Bambara mask
Tribal art > African mask > Masque Bamana

The wearing of this spectacular mask, on which references to Bambara mythology materialize, must have required an athletic condition. Zoomorphic motifs can be read above and low relief, in particular, in addition to the koré-related hyena, the crocodile, an animal associated with the Komo initiation society, which is supposed to protect against witchcraft and evil spirits. Linked to the god Faro named the " water master", like the lizard, the animal also appears frequently on carved locks and embodies fertility. Human figures, on the other hand, recall the primordial geminiity, but also mythical ancestors or heroes.
Natural patina, matte, desication cracks, erosions.
Mr. Brunel, a chemist by training, travelled throughout Africa: Zaire, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Guinea,... ...


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