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Bambara statue (N° 22899)

Sitting on a seat, this sculpted figure incorporates a fertility cult associated with the Djo, or Do, widespread in central Mali. Long called "Queen", this type of statue participated every seven years in ceremonies during which they were presented to women without children. The latter washed the sculptures then anointed them with shea.
A mat from the headdress is missing, desication cracks, small accidents.
The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and the Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala who maintains order in 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. Large masked parties close the initiation rites of the dyo association and the gwan ritual of the Bambara in the south of the Bambara country.  


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OriginRécoltée in-situ 1992
Height cm85
Width16 cm
Weight6.75 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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