Photographs © Tim Hamill
BAMANA, JO FIGURE 17, 34.5", $400, Mali
Despite its appearance, this Bamana figure shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.
Figures were carried in dance ceremonies by new members of the Jo association. Large seated figures of the Jo association were kept in shrines, and aided women who sought their help. Periodically they were brought out for fertility ceremonies. Figures represented the Bamana idea of beauty.
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