Bambara Female Nyeloni Figure

20th Century
$1,280 USD
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Dimensions
W: 5.0" D: 4.5" H: 17.5"
Materials
Wood
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Collection #
CBH128
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$75

With angular curves, refined facial features, and plaited hair, this wooden figure by the Bambara people of Mali is carved to embody ideals of feminine beauty and fertility. To further enhance its beauty, the figure's basic form has been etched with scarification marks across the torso, dressed in clothing made of woven fibers, and burnished smooth with oil. Known as jonyeloni or "pretty little one," these female figures were used in performances by male initiates of the secret Jo association, specifically by a subdivision of blacksmiths. A reproduction of these traditional forms, this mid-century carved figure enriches its surroundings with spirited form and rich texture.

Figure's right arm has been repaired.

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