BAMANA JO MATERNITY FIGURES, Mali

 

BAMANA
Jo Figure 27
34" high
$800

 

BAMANA
Jo Figure 28
38" high
$600

 

BAMANA
Jo Figure 33
37" high
$800

BAMANA
Jo Figure 56
35.75" high
SOLD


 

BAMANA
Jo Figure 2
48.5" high
$800

 

BAMANA
Jo Figure 8
41" high
$800

BAMANA
Jo Figure 55
29" high
$500

BAMANA
Jo Figure 17
34.5" high
$400
 


Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAMANA, JO MATERNITY FIGURES, Mali

Exhibiting a wide diversity in size, symbolism, intimacy and style., 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 prevelance of the maternity theme testifies to the importance of women and children to the continuity of each people.

Figures like these 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.

Despite their appearance, our Bamana maternity figures show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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