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Bambara Wooden Sculpture of a Woman - PF.5099
Origin: Central Mali
Circa: 20th th Century AD
Dimensions: 12.875" (32.7cm) high x 3.75" (9.5cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Wood

£6,000.00
Location: Great Britain
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In the southern Bambara region the dyo association puts on a great masked festival at which the sons of blacksmiths dance in front of statues called nyeleni- - upright female figures with wide, flat shoulders. The charm of this sculpture should not hide the fact of its importance in Bambara society. Attributes of female beauty combine with a dignified demeanor to present the ideal woman. Her body and legs form a Y-shape, the feet are slightly extended for balance, arms reach just above the knees, the breasts are large and perfectly formed. The bird-like head is perched on a very long neck, its cheeks are sunken, brow overhangs with no discernible mouth. Boldly striated hair at the back provides a marked contrast of texture to the smooth surface of the front. The straightforward simplicity of the figure is immediately endearing, offering a perfect example of how abstract stylization can be very human in feeling. - (PF.5099)

 

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