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BAMBARA Mali, southern region

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h 55 cm
Female figure.
Hardwood with a dark, glossy patina, metal disks on the eyes, rough cotton loincloth, signs of prolonged use.
Female figure that might depict Jonyeleni, the most physically attractive woman idealised by young boys during their initiation rites.The work is sculptured following the classical style that we would define as “cubist”.The figure is facing forward, standing on a thick circular platform.The sharp-edged head has a long, protruding nose and a hairstyle with a central lock of hair, and a strand on each side that falls down in front of the ears. The cylindrical neck is grafted onto the square-shouldered torso, where the volumes of the various body parts amalgamate to form a balanced composition. The large protruding breasts demonstrate the importance given to breastfeeding children.The surface of the wood is marked with small zig-zag engravings which characterises many Bambara works.

Publications: Featured in:
RIZZONI GIANNI “Catalogo dell’Antiquariato Italiano n° 9” Milan, Giorgio Mondadori 1996, pag. 181 (699);
The Bambara comprise a people of 1.5 million who live in Mali along the middle course of the river Niger. They are essentially farmers and livestock breeders. They follow an animist religion, but Christianity and particularly Islam are also practised by a large number of believers. Bambara sculptures are crafted with designs that favour depicting the human figure in an abstract manner.Many female figures are associated with rituals to bless births and women’s fertility.

Bibliografia

VARIOUS AUTHORS “Bamana: The art of existence in Mali” Museum Rietberg Zurich Editor Calleyn J.P. 2001 (429);
COLLEYN JEAN-PAUL “Visions d’Afrique: Bamana” Milan 2009 (705);
DE MEYERE NADINE “Un ideal humain dans l’art africain: la sculpture figurative des Bamana” article published in French journal Arts d’Afrique Noire, Autumn 1986, n° 59, pag. 11-12;
RIZZONI GIANNI "Catalogo dell'Antiquariato Italiano n° 9" Milan, Giorgio Mondadori 1996, pag. 181 (699);

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MOSSI  Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta)
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MOSSI Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta)

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Base d'asta € 2.500

MOSSI, Burkina Faso (ex Alto Volta)
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MOSSI, Burkina Faso (ex Alto Volta)

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Base d'asta € 2.500

SENUFO Ivory Coast, region of Korhogo
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SENUFO Ivory Coast, region of Korhogo

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Base d'asta € 14.000

PENDE Democratic Republic of the Congo, region of Kasai
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PENDE Democratic Republic of the Congo, region of Kasai

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Base d'asta € 4.000

BAMBARA   Southern Mali, region of Segou
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BAMBARA Southern Mali, region of Segou

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Base d'asta € 5.000

BAMBARA   Mali, region of Sikasso and Kutiala
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BAMBARA Mali, region of Sikasso and Kutiala

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BAMBARA   Mali, region of Segou
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BAMBARA Mali, region of Segou

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Base d'asta € 13.000

DJIMINI  Ivory Coast
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DJIMINI Ivory Coast

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Base d'asta € 25.000

CHOKWE   Angola, northern region
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CHOKWE Angola, northern region

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LOVALE   Zambia, northern region
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LOVALE Zambia, northern region

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DOGON  Mali, region of the escarpment  in Bandiagara
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DOGON Mali, region of the escarpment in Bandiagara

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Base d'asta € 2.800

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