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-SOLD- Boli Figure - Plant fibre, Wood - Bamana - Mali - Asian African Art
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—SOLD— Boli Figure – Plant fibre, Wood – Bamana – Mali


Object:Boli Figure
Ethnic group / culture:Bamana
Region/ country:Mali
Material:Wood Plant fibre
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:27x50x13 cm
Weight:3200 g

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Figures like these are assembled from diverse organic materials over a wooden core. They are thought to symbolize the universe and to harness spiritual power. Called Boli, they are placed on altars.
Boli sculpture depicts an animal such as a hippopotamus or cow but in ritual use builds into a dark accumulation of mud and sacrificial materials in
which the form becomes ambiguous.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.