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  • Bamena Tribe Ntome Society Dance Mask on stand
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    Bamena Tribe Ntome Society Dance Mask on stand. This mask makes its appearance during N'Tome Society ceremonies. It is worn by an elder of the society and it represents wisdom. After the young boys are initiated into the society, they are free to seek advice from the mask, 30-40 yrs old. 31.5" tall x 14" deep, From the Barnes Collection.

    Country:  Mali

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  • Baoule Bedu Society Dance Mask - Ivory Coast
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    Baoule Bedu Society Dance Mask,  approx. 20 yrs old, represents the great buffalo, danced by a senior member of Bedu Society at a special agricultural ceremony before planting. 68" x 29", From the Barnes Collection.

    Country:  Ivory Coast

     

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  • Baule Ceremonial Mask  - Ivory Coast
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    Baule Ceremonial Mask - 80-100 yrs old, 22" tall x 6" wide. Baule Human masks are crafted and used only by men to make contact with Gu, ruler of the world. The holes on the sides of the mask help attach the mask to the face of the wearer.  The scars found around the eyes and mouth indicates human scarification during rites of passage into adulthood.

     

    Country:  Ivory Coast

     

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  • Baule Mask on Stand - Ivory Coast
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    Baule Mask on Stand - Ivory Coast. Baule portrait mask details the physical facial features namely eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth and eyes. In addition, the coiffure and facial scarification compliment the physical beauty. The scars found around the eyes and mouth indicates human scarification during rites of passage into adulthood.

    Country: Ivory Coast

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  • Bobo Doll - Over 90 years old
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    Bobo Doll - Over 90 years old. 6" T x 2 3/4" W. Handcarved from wood, carried by women as an aid to conception.  A woman lavishes attention on the wooden doll in hopes of soon conceiving a child. The message may be directed to the ancestors who are believed to have the power to increase fertility.

    Country: Burkina Faso

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  • Brass Figure Fiacre Md Bronze Statue
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    Brass Figure Fiacre Md Bronze Statue - 15.5" x 4". This unique fair trade statue is a lost wax statue. The artist creates an original sculpture out of was and then creates and outer mold usually with plaster around the wax figure. The molten bronze is then poured inside the outer mold, melting the wax form. After it is hardened, the plaster mold is removed and the original wax mold is lost.

    Country:  Burkina Faso

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  • Brass Figure Fiacre Md with Spear Bronze Statue
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    Brass Figure Fiacre Md with Spear Bronze Statue - 19" x 4". This unique fair trade statue is a lost wax statue. The artist creates an original sculpture out of was and then creates and outer mold usually with plaster around the wax figure. The molten bronze is then poured inside the outer mold, melting the wax form. After it is hardened, the plaster mold is removed and the original wax mold is lost.

    Country:  Burkina Faso

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  • Chiwara Pair
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    Chiwara Pair Handcarved out of wood. Antelope figure of the Bambara people of Mali. The male & female statues represent the spirit that taught humans the fundamentals of agriculture. The high horns of the Chiwara pair echo the stalk of the millet. Zig zag patterns echo the movement of the sun across the sky. 2 ft x 7".

    Country: Mali

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  • Chokue Ancestor Statue
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    Chokue Ancestor Statue. 9 1/2" T x 2" W. Wood hand carved female figurine most likely a replica of the chief's wife. They are mainly dedicated to fertility.

     

    Country: Angola, Congo or Zambia

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  • Dogon Metal Plaque
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    Dogon Metal Plaque

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    Dogon Metal Plaque, Less than 10 yrs old. 7" x 6.5". From the Barnes Collection.

    Country: Mali

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  • Dogon Shutter - Mali
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    Dogon Granary Shutter. 10" Tall x 7 1/2" Wide. This finely-carved shutter or door once adorned a Dogon granary, serving both to protect and sanctify the life-giving stores of food contained inside. According to Hélène Leloup (1994: 487), rows of figures seen on Dogon granary doors represent patrilineal ancestors.  The presence of male and female figures in the present example suggest the male-female duality which is central to Dogon origin myths; these primordial couples are the progenitors of humanity, the ideal compliments to one another, and the source of life.

    Country: Mali

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  • Dogon Tribe Togu'na Post with stand
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    Dogon Tribe Togu'na Post with stand, 60-70 yrs old. The meeting place where the elders gather to solve village problems. Roof kept low so if man stands up in anger, his head would hit roof, causing him to sit down and discuss problem calmly. 38" x 21" x 5". From the Barnes Collection.

    Country: Mali

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