Living near the Malinke in southern Mali,
the Bamana carve figures and masks that closely resemble
those of their neighbors. Such figures, sometimes called
dyonyeni, are thought to be idealized expressions of
women and were displayed at Jo society events. The youths
displayed them during dances to show that they were
looking for brides. An impressive figure showing obvious age.
Was missing its right leg and has now been restored, age splits and erosion, chip to the left ear, missing metal ring.
Ex. Leonard Kahan Gallery, New York 1991 and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Height: 26" x Width: 6 ¼" x Depth: 7 ½" on its 6 ¾" x 5 ⅝" base, it is 27 ½" tall.
Note: additional photos have been added to show the amazing repairs. Now showing both before and after photos.