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Bambara, Bamana, live in central and southern Mali. Their name means "unbeliever" and was given to them by the Muslims. They belong to the large Mande group, like Soninke and Malinke. Animists, they also 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 maintains the order of the universe. Its existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, master of the Word, who gave all the qualities to men and who grows the fruits of the earth.


Markha janiform hem mask
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In African art, the Marka, Maraka en Bamana, Warka, or Sarakolé, are Muslim city dwellers of Soninke origin, established in southern Niger, scattered since the end of Ghana's empire in Mali, Mauritania and Senegal. They now speak bamana and have adopted much of the Bambara traditions, such as Ntomo and Koré , initiation societies that used masks during their ceremonies. Sculptors of African art Bambara and Marka are part of the Numuw , who are not linked to an ethnic group and are free to settle wherethey wish.
Two faces assembled by a summit ridge form a heavy hem mask. The straight nose rises above the small, prominent mouth in a pointed chin. To rectangular ears are attached loops. Incised metal strips of parallel lines and punctuated with dotted lines, the specificity of ...


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Ci wara Bambara Crest Mask
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The Ti-wara in African art.
This would be an animal - genie called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambaras to cultivate the land. The latter recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hipporague antelope, whose name ci wara signifies of the earth. Decorated on the head and the sides of metal veneers engraved with repulsed, the ears and snout are also embellished with pom poms of cotton thread. The top of the horns tilted backwards is also sheathed with leather and hair. This vertical sculpture of Ci Wara is shown here with successive arches depicting the mane, so it is a male antelope. Masks usually danced as a couple. Mate patina, scattered abrasions.
Ported to the top of the skull and held in place by a basket-shaped toque, these cimiers accompanied the ...


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Ci Wara Crest Mask
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The graceful curves of this Ci Wara are available here in a rough, clear and matte wood. The stylized antelope, whose name Ci wara or Sogoni kunsogoni kun signifies "fauve of the earth" rises vertically from a base, its small on its back. The metal veneer that accompanies it on the head is dyed a beautiful turquoise blue, revealing in places an underlying red fabric. Pyrogravé motifs dot the horns and heads of the animals. Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a sort of small basket, these cimiers accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tion , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks bound the field as they leaped to drive out nyama, evil scents, and to detect any danger, or to flush out evil geniuses that could ...


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Grand masque Ci wara des Bamana
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This variant of the African sculpture Ci Wara des Bambara, Bamana, forms a decorative element prized by collectors. Its size here is larger than usual. In this case, it would be a room for an altar. The coat is engraved with streaks on the surface, and a copper buckle adorns an ear. Patine mate.
Sculpté by the blacksmith numu , also playing the role of soothsayer and healer, this vertical crest, stylized, is represented here with successive arches depicting the mane of a male antelope. It would be an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The latter recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means 'fauve of the earth'. Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a ...

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Bamana zoomorphic mask
African art > African mask > Bambara Mask

Among the different scales of the initiation of secret societies dyo, in the Bamana, the society Koré , which concerns the elders, is supposed to make the individual an accomplished man and prepares them for a simulacrum of death. The kore se also divides into eight learning classes, four of which have zoomorphic masks that often appear together. The fourth level of training is the kono , which has an elephant mask only performing in front of the initiates. Patine mate loclament abraded.
eals in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara, Bamana (c) or unbelievers, as the Muslims have named them, belong to the great Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. Mostly farmers, but also herders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. Animists, they believe ...


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Crest mask Ci wara kun Bambara
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The Ti-wara, Ci wara, in African art.
This would be an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The latter recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hipporague antelope, whose name ci wara signifies of the earth. Decorated on the head and the sides of metal veneers engraved with repulsed, the ears and snout are also embellished with cotton pompoms. Successive arches feature the wide neckline with a mane. Metal strips, engraved and chiseled, line the flanks and forehead. The characteristics allow it to be attributed to the stylistic canons of the Ségou region. Mate and speckled brown patina.
Ported to the top of the skull and held in place by a sort of small basket, these cimiers accompanied the dancers during the ...

Figure of Queen Bambara
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This type of female statue named Gunadoudou was presented surrounded by African statues depicting their servants, presenting cups with offerings or supporting their breasts. The blacksmiths of the Dyo society them used during the ceremonies marking the end of the initiation.

This worthy, seated figure, sports the distinctive Bambara hairstyle, a high crest and two side mats resting on the chest. The long narrow bust, gradually widening towards the bulbous abdomen, forms a striking contrast with the reduced proportions of the lower limbs. The dark oiled patina, rather matte, thins locally on mahogany areas where the veining of the wood appears. Desication cracks.
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Reed the Bambara in central and southern Mali. This name means 'unbeliever' and was given to them by ...


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Bambara antelope face mask
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Two ringed horns stand parallel at the top of this Bamana mask, Bambara, extended by a long nose and an oblong snout. Parallel hatches are incised on the surface of the wood, evoking the scarifications in use. Dark skate, mate. Piece collected by the painter 'a href'"http://wiki.ibb.town/Karl-Heinz-Engstfeld"- Karl Heinz Engstfeld and 'a href-U'0022https://evibb.de/home/wir-trauern-um-ruth-engstfeld-schremper/"'Ruth Schgst , a gandher artist. Established in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara ," Bamana " or " unbelievers ", as the Muslims have named them, belong to the great Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. Mainly farmers, but also herders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. Animists, they believe in the existence of a creator god ...


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Ci Wara crest mask
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Bambara in African art. Composite abstract variant of Ci Wara, this tribal art sculpture evoking the antelope is developed into a zoomorphic body with two horizontally extended heads of horns, probably referring to a reference to twinning in the creation of the Bambara world. Underlined with rhombic motifs and parallel incisions, the object was restored in situ using metal staples and vegetable fibers. The matt oily patina is eroded in many places, revealing a clear, desiccated wood. Rectangular metal base. Carried at the top of the skull and held in place by a kind of little basket, these tyiwara masks, more generally crest, accompanied the dancers during the rituals of tòn, an association dedicated to agrarian cults. The masks roamed the field leaping to chase away the nyam, the evil ...


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Female figure Bambara Dyoneni, Nyeleni
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Femininity tutelary in the African art bambara, this sculpture of "little favorite",

Nyeleni in Bambara, is described stuck on a rounded base. The triangular face is capped with an incised ridge of parallel lines, heads. The scarified body displays the attributes of fertility by the full and tense breasts, the abdomen very slightly convex, the generous hips and the representation of the sex. The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like Soninke and Malinke, who believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala which has 266 sacred attributes: one for each day of the 9 Ngala maintains order in the universe, its existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who gave all These are qualities to men, and they grow ...

Queen Bambara and her child
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Piece from the Cherel collection of African art.
Fertility in the spotlight in this statue of African art. Beautiful Bambara motherhood dealing with the body the agonies of time: erosion, dessications, stopped xylophage attacks, etc. These female statues named Gunadoudou were surrounded by statues depicting their servants, displaying offering cups or supporting their chests. The blacksmiths of the Dyo society used them during the ceremonies marking the end of the initiation.

This seated figure sports the distinctive hairstyle of the Bambara, a crest and two side mats, abdominal and jugular scarifications, and holds his child firmly above his prominent belly. The sculpture amazes by the contrast between the long bust and the small truncated legs.
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Maternity figure Bambara Nyeleni
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Sculpture named 'little favourite', Nyeleni in Bambara, depicted carrying her child on the back, with a narrow concave bust gently rounding towards a bulging abdomen and a prominent buttocks surmounting his piled legs. The face is covered with a streaked crest. The sculpture offers an oiled black and grey patina, mahogany reflections on the face. Desication cracks.
The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creative god generically called Ngala and who maintains the order of the universe. Its existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who has given all the qualities to men and who grows the fruits of the earth. Large masked festivals close the initiation rites of the ...

Ci Wara Crest Mask
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In African art, the stylized antelope , hipporague, whose name ci wara signifying fath of the earth rises vertically. His body is covered with fine engraved ornamental motifs, in relation to Bambara mythology. Colored pompoms were attached to the holes in which the ears and nose are pierced. A native repair is visible on the neckline. Patina mated successive libations. Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a sort of small basket, these cimiers accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tion , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks bound the field as they leaped to drive out nyama, evil scents, and to detect any danger, or to flush out evil geniuses that could delight the souls of cultivated plants and the vital force of their seeds.
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N tomo Bambara Mask
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African art and masks of initiation ceremonies
It is during the initiation ceremonies of young boys relating to the society of the Ntomo and shared with their neighbors Malinke , that the Bambara make these masks dance.
The long, slightly buzzed nose reminds us that the Bambara favour this organ in their tribal statuary, because it evokes the sociability and cohesion of the clan. The bulging forehead is incised with thin lines forming diamonds. The crest consists of a round-bump sculpture, representing an antelope. At the back are six vertical horns. Oiled and matte dark brown patina. The groups of artisans bambara nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of the sculpture of ritual objects, endowed with the nyama , occult energy. Using fire and ...


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Horseman Bambara
African art > African Rider > Horseman Bambara

Naturalist sculpture of rider Bambara riding his horse raw, evoking traditional races. The room features a warm brown glossy patina.
In-Central and Southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara , " Bamana " or " unbelievers ", as the Muslims have named them, belong to the large Group Mande, along with the Soninke and Malinke. Mostly farmers, but also herders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. In addition to their remarkable masks, the Bozo and Bambara are renowned for their puppets of various sizes. The groups of craftsmen bambara nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of the sculpture of ritual objects, endowed with the nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magical objects, the role of healer and soothsayer is also assigned to them. ...


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Figure of Queen Bambara
African art > African Statues > Statue Bamana

These female statues named Guandoudou were surrounded by statues depicting their servants guannyeyi, with cups of offerings or supporting their breasts. The blacksmiths of the Dyo society used them during ceremonies marking the end of the initiation.

This seated figure sports the distinctive Bambara hairstyle, a crest and two side mats, her child is placed against her bust. The disproportion between the upper body and the lower limbs, truncated, forms a recurring character for this type of sculpture. The dark brown patina, oiled, reveals a light wood under the abraded areas.
The Bambara (or "incroyant") of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creative god generically called Ngala and ...


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Ci Wara Bambara Vertical Crest Mask
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The Ti-wara in African art.
It would be an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. They recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means "fauve of the earth". The ears and snout are also adorned with cotton yarn pom poms on the head and sides of the oxidized copper slats. The top of the horns tilted backwards is also covered with leather and hair. These characteristics make it possible to attribute it to the stylistic canons of the Ségou region. Speckled matte patina. Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a kind of small basket, these crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tun , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks roamed the field, ...

Ci Wara Bambara Crest Mask
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In African art, the Bambara have so-called hippotragues or large stylized antelope masks.
This stylized piece, a combination of two superimposed zoomorphic figures, it was to be placed on a basket on the head of the parade, it is a mask called crest, the Ci Wara or "fauve of the earth", emblem of the ton, associations intended for agricultural work.
The associations ton, fraternity of age, bring together young people (boys and girls) of the same age class. Associations for social purposes, they helped the poorest to work in the fields. On the occasion of this work, a couple of masked dancers, the Tyiwara "fauves of culture", accompanied by a buffoon mask, performed.
One ear is partly missing behind the horns. Slight cracks, abrasions.


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Statuette Bambara Nyeleni
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Sculpture named "little favorite", Nyeleni in Bambara, represented frontally, palms forward, breasts in "obus" on a narrow bust widening towards a wide prominent buttocks. The half-flexed legs are proportionally reduced. The face is covered with a streaked crest whose side mats frame the ears of the "en horseshoe. The piece, streaked with notches and parallel grooves, features a light brown matte patina with powdery beige ocré inlays.
Desication cracks. 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 ...


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Lock Bambara
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"Bambara African Art"

Targette Bambara consists of two pieces arranged in a cross, the chest, vertical, and the transom, horizontal and provided with a hollow in which will be inserted the key. A stylized face, at the top, resting on a triangular neck, is framed by two high horns, the cross is also reinforced with a metal part in the sliding lower part. Finish grids are incised on the object and allude to values ​​and belief Bambara would represent the creative waters and the four cardinal points. The locks, generally belonging to women and symbolizing the union of two people, can be offered to them by their husbands on the occasion of a birth or to celebrate the installation of the wife at her husband's house. This is therefore personal property that can be passed on to ...


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Ci Wara Bambara Crest Mask
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African art > African mask > Ci Wara Mask

The Ti-wara in African art.
It would be an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. They recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means "fauve of the earth". Decorated on the head and the sides of metal veneers engraved with the repulsed, the ears and snout are also embellished with cotton yarn pompoms attached to pearls. The top of the horns tilted backwards is also covered with leather and hair. This vertical sculpture of Ci Wara is represented here with successive arches depicting the mane, so it is a male antelope. Masks usually danced as a couple. Mate patina, sparse abrasions. Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a basket-making hat, these crests accompanied the ...


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