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Cavalier Bamana (N° 13957)

The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, such as 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 grows the fruits of the earth. Large 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 seven-year period for men, they are less demanding for women. The new initiates then celebrate, in groups, from village to village, their symbolic rebirth. These are the sons of the blacksmiths who dance around the statues that were available outside the festivities grouped on an altar after having oiled and decorated them. Each effigy carried a message unveiled to insiders. The Bamana, like the Dogons, magnify the ancestors through representations of horse riders. The latter are one of the major figures in puppet theatre organized by youth associations. They also evoke the horse races between young Bamana.
Oiled black brown skate. Break on one hand. Desication cracks.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyBambara
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height80
Depth38
Width14
Weight9.12 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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