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Maternity Figure (98 cm) - Wood - Bamana - Mali - Asian African Art
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Maternity Figure (98 cm) – Wood – Bamana – Mali


Object:Maternity Figure
Ethnic group / culture:Bamana
Region/ country:Mali
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Fair condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:98×20×18 cm
Weight:6900 g

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Impressive wooden maternity statue of a woman with child on her lap, Bamana tribe from Mali.
Bamana notions of ideal beauty and character are evoked in this figure of a mother and child. These figures are displayed at the annual ceremonies of “Jo”, an association of initiated Bamana men and women, and at the rituals of “Gwan”, a related society whose purpose is to help women conceive and bear children.
Condition: fair with a magnificent patina of age.

African maternity figures depict the ideals of beauty, fertility, character and action and many signify much more, whether the primordial mother or a legendary founding ancestor. Commonly used as shrine figures, they were often objects of petitions or prayers for fertility and successful births. The prevalence of the maternity theme testifies to the importance of women and children to the continuity of each people.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer). Sold with a certificate of authenticity.