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Figure of Queen Bambara (N° 17904)
This type of female statue named Gunadoudou was presented surrounded by African statues depicting their servants, presenting cups with offerings or supporting their breasts. The blacksmiths of the Dyo society them used during the ceremonies marking the end of the initiation.
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This worthy, seated figure, sports the distinctive Bambara hairstyle, a high crest and two side mats resting on the chest. The long narrow bust, gradually widening towards the bulbous abdomen, forms a striking contrast with the reduced proportions of the lower limbs. The dark oiled patina, rather matte, thins locally on mahogany areas where the veining of the wood appears. Desication cracks.
Reed the Bambara in central and southern Mali. This name means 'unbeliever' and was given to them by Islam. They belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and the Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creative god generically called Ngala, who has 266 sacred attributes. One, every day of the 9 lunar months that requires the gestation of a child. Ngala 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
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