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Diola Terracotta (N° 13237)

Symbols of fertility in the traditional and ritual African art of Senegal
Etablie in Lower Casamance, the Diola ethnic group is made up of Floup, Baïnouk, Mandjak, and Balante. They derive their livelihood from growing rice, eaten reduced to flour. The Mandjak practice weaving. The blacksmiths, from a caste of two families, also work the wood and are supposed to transmit leprosy and cure it. The artisanal life of the Diola is distinguished by the creation of jewelry, ceremonial adornments, weaving, basketry, leather and metal work. In addition to the manufacture of abundant basketry, the Diola work not only terracotta for a utilitarian but also ritual purpose, the animist cults maintain themselves despite the presence of Islam.  The steps of the manufacture of this naturalistic pottery, a unique piece made by the potter Seyni Camara, page 128 to 133 in the book "The Hands of the World "de 'a rel'0022nofollowU'0022 href-" Jacques Anquetil , a theatre man who became 'a href'U'0022 French, author of "Africa, hands of the world" editions Solar and ", Africa Noire" at ed. Dessain and Tolra.  The work also stands out on page 51 in the edition of Dessain and Tolra.  

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OriginCollection Jacques Anquetil
Height cm18
Width24 cm
Weight2.62 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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