Nyelini Female Figure - Bambara (Bamana) People, southern Mali M45 (Please call for price)
Nyelini Female Figure - Bambara (Bamana) People, southern Mali M45 (Please call for price)
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Nyelini Female Figure - Bambara (Bamana) People, southern Mali M45 (Please call for price)

Bambara sculpture is primarily devoted to female figures. One important category is Nyeleni, small-scaled depictions of young women carved to emphasise ideal attributes used in Jo society initiates performances. The figures are placed on display in the dance area, or held by the dancers. The carvings enhance the young men's performances and are jokingly referred to as their girlfriends. This underscores the concern of these young men to marry, a qualification for achieving adult status. The female figure is believed to protect the initiates from harm.

Ex. Helene and Philippe LeLoup, New York 1992 and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection - On the LeLoup letterhead, it stated that this figure was guaranteed to be over 100 years old - (and this was in 1992).
Back of hair and part of base and arm missing. Left arm and leg broken and repaired, and cracks in abdomen.

Height: 32 " x Width: 7 " x Depth: 6 " - height including the 8 " x 8 " base is 33 ".

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