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Statue Dyonyeni Bambara, Bamana (N° 13516)
African art among the Bambara.
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This African statue of favorite "small", Nyeleni in Bambara, is shown in the frontal position, legs half-flexed on a circular base. The face is capped with a streaked crest, ears of the "en horseshoe "se draw laterally. The scarred body shows signs of motherhood and fertility through full and stretched breasts, in shells, and prominent abdomen. Oily patina, oiled, ocreted residues. 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 association dyo and the ritual of the gwan des 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. It is the sons of the blacksmiths who dance around these 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.
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