BAMANA JO MATERNITY FIGURE 28, Mali

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAMANA
JO MATERNITY FIGURE 28
38" high
$800

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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