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Bamana Statue (N° 25482)

African sculpture Bambara all in solemnity, offering the traditional aesthetic criteria of this type of figure, a skullcap however constituting its base. The statues of queen "guandoudou" were surrounded by figures of servants called guannyeyi during the rites of the Guan society.
Smooth, nuanced medium brown patina. Cracks, slight abrasions and indigenous restoration.

The Bambara of central and southern Mali have been called "unbelievers" by Muslims. They 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 is said to have 266 sacred attributes. Large masked festivals close the initiation rites of the dyo association and the gwan ritual of the Bambara in the south of the Bambara country. Spread over a period of seven years for men, they are less demanding for women. The new initiates then celebrate, in groups, from village to village, their symbolic rebirth. It is the sons of the blacksmiths who dance around these statues which were placed outside the festivities grouped together on an altar after having oiled and decorated them. Each effigy carried a message revealed to the initiates.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm78
Width19 cm
Weight7.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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