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Female ancestor figure - Wood - Dyonyeni - Bambara - Mali - Asian African Art
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Female ancestor figure – Wood – Dyonyeni – Bambara – Mali


Object:Female Figure
Ethnic group / culture:Dyonyeni, Bambara
Region/ country:Mali
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:69×18×18 cm
Weight:4300 g

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Wooden Dyonyeni figurine of the Bambara tribe from Mali. The Dyonyeni are associated with the southern Dyo and the Kwore society.
This feminine figurines usually come with large cone shaped breasts and measure between 40 and 85 cm in height. They were used during ritual dances to celebrate the end of the initiation ceremonies.

Given its age, the figurine still remains in good condition. With traces of wear and tear, the figurine has a beautiful patina of old age.
Note the beautiful scarification on the body.