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Bambara Wooden Dyonyeni Sculpture of a Woman - PF.4955
Origin: Central Mali
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 34" (86.4cm) high x 10" (25.4cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Wood


Location: United States
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This female figure has a small convex head, serrated scarification around the edge of the face, circular ears, tubular neck connected to shoulders fashioned in a broad fan shape, voluminous breasts, paddle-like hands and short legs slightly bent. These distinctive features are characteristic of sculptures made near the town of Segu close to the Niger River. Young Bamana initiates carry sculpted figures in dance performances of the Jo association. They represent the ideal of feminine beauty, expressing the dancer's wish for marriage and successful fulfilment of their future role as adult members of the community. ("African Art", Robbins). The fertility aspect is most evident with her perfectly formed breasts, which are as sexual as they are maternal. Though highly abstract the human aspect of this sculpture is quite remarkable, her face expressing a wealth of emotions, especially those of humility and gentleness. - (PF.4955)

 

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