|Title||Bamana Figural Post Mali African Art 38 Inch|
|Type of Object||Maternity Figure|
|Country of Origin||Mali|
|Approximate Age||Mid 20th century|
|Dimensions||Height: 38 Inches
Width: 4.5 Inches
9 inch diameter base
|Overall Condition||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||Cracks and chips and general wear|
Provenance: From the collection of Howard Gelb, St. Paul, MN collector of African Art, who was also a businessman, lawyer, and philanthropist. Mr. Gelb died in 2015, at the age of 96.
Additional Information: Fetish figure with encrustation. A fine figral post with much handling and good age!
The genesis of the Bamana as a definable culture can be traced back to the 17th century, though archaeological 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 occured 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. In recent decades, like cultures throughout Africa, they have been affected by Islamic recruiters from the east. Though they still consider themselves animists, many Bamana now practice a hybrid combination of both ""religions."" This has allowed these competing cultures to coexist peacefully.