This is a wonderful Old Carved Wood Female Bamana Statue from Mali. The Bamana people adapted many artistic traditions. Artworks were created both for religious use and to define cultural and religious difference. Bamana artistic traditions include statues and masks . While the tourist and art market is the main destination of modern Bamana artworks, most artistic traditions had been part of sacred vocations, created as a display of religious beliefs and used in ritual. These are Bamana statues are fertility statues, and meant to be kept with the wife at all times to ensure fertility, and statues created for vocational groups such as hunters and farmers, often used as offering places by other groups after prosperous farming seasons or successful hunting parties. Each special creative trait a person obtained was seen as a different way to please higher spirits. Powers throughout the Bamana art making world were used to please the ancestral spirits and show beauty in what they believed in.This would be lovely piece to display in your home or add to your collection.
Shows age Right Arm has Repairs
Comes on Stand
21.5 Inches Tall
5.5 Inches Wide
3.5 Inches Deep
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