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Bambara Iron (N° 23872)

Coated with a thick oxidized patina, this very refined work in black iron highlights field work.
Established in central and southern Mali, in a savannah zone, the Bambara, "Bamana" or "unbelievers", as the Muslims have named them, belong to the large Mande group, along with the Soninke and the Malinke. Mainly farmers, but also breeders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. 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 passed on to their wives, who alone have the right to produce the pottery.
 

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyBambara
Countrymali
Material(s)fer noir
Height cm13
Width17 cm
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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