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Bamana Female Figure Jonyele Mali 40 Inch Africa

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Title Bamana Female Figure Jonyele Mali 40 Inch Africa
Type of Object Carving, Figure
Country of Origin Mali
People Bamana
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 40.5 inches H. x 75 inches W.
Overall Condition Fair Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair chipped hairstyle extensions, cracks in head, in neck and shoulders, in breasts, age cracks throughout the body, chipped mouth, repair in one foot

Additional Information: 

A large and strong sculpture from the  Bamana people depicting a standing female, "jonyele",  with angular lines and firm  rounded  breasts!  The figure is wearing a usual hairstyle with extensions down . The surface shows a timeless patina with cracks from exposure to the elements..

The artistic diversity of the Bamana is without doubt one of the most astounding, and confounding, of all West African groups. It is interesting that perhaps their closest rivals in complexity are their neighbors to the north and east, the Dogon, with whom they share certain stylistic similarities.  The Bamana statues, usually female, but sometimes hermaphroditic, feature exaggerated volumes, including large  heads and big breasts. They are kept in shrines for most of the year, but are brought out for display and handling at the end of initiations. The best of these "dyo" statues are among the most beautiful in all African art. 

The genesis of the Bamana as a definable culture can be traced back to the 17th century, though archeological evidence hints that they could be much older. They are of Mandinke origin and today are the largest culture in Mali. The zenith of Bamana culture occurred during the late 18th century during the reign of N'golo Diara, who conquered the Peul tribe and occupied the important cities of Timbuktu and Djenne. They remained powerful until conquered by the French in 1892. Recently, like many African cultures, they have been affected by Islamic settlers from the east. Though they still consider themselves animists, many villagers now practice a hybrid combination of both "religions." This has allowed these competing cultures to coexist peacefully.


I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.