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Large statue of a dignitary Bambara (N° 10210)

Ex private French collection of African art.

This Bambara dignitary figure is distinguished by its high stature and the solemnity of its expression. Her eyelids are lowered, adding an enigmatic character, and the stylization of her features is reminiscent of her Dogon neighbors. The naked person sits proudly on a stool, a weapon in each hand. He wears an ovoid headdress on his head. Two braids hang from the back of the head. The dark patina has beautiful traces of desiccation and a nice aging. The Bambara are found in central and southern Mali. This name means unbeliever and was given to them by the Muslims. They belong to the large Mande group, like Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala, which has 266 sacred attributes. One, by each day of the 9 lunar months that lasts the gestation of a child. Ngala keeps order to the universe. Its existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who gave all the qualities to men and who grows the fruits of the earth.  

 


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OriginEx collection française
EthnyBambara
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height158
Depth33
Width31
Weight37.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1970

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