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Bambara Head (N° 21934)

TheBamana, like the Dogon, glorify the ancestors like this vestige of a statue, the head of a dignitary wearing the traditional cap, extending laterally with braids. Heavy lowered eyelids breathe a solemn look into the face. Abraded brown patina. Lacks.
Desication cracks.
The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and the Malinke. The Bambara nyamakala artisan groups, more specifically the blacksmiths named numu, are in charge of carving ritual objects, endowed with the nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magic items, they are further assigned the role of healer and diviner. Their powers are transmitted to their wives, who alone have the right to produce the pottery. Six male associations, the Dyow, using Bambara masks, structure the Bambara community: young people first enter the circumcision society n'tomo, then comes that of the komo, the nama, the kono, the koré and finally the agrarian society Tyi Wara .  

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OriginEx-collection française.
EthnyBambara
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height cm34
Width12 cm
Weight1.11 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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