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Bamana figure, Mali
6" tall
wood, pigment
early 20th century
ex collection of a Howard University professor, Washington, D.C.

Small-scale female figures of this kind are sometimes known as
nyeleni among the Bamana people of Mali. The
figures are an idealization of youthful feminine beauty. The term
nyeleni is derived from a traditional Bamana girl's
name and has multiple interpretations, including "pretty little one" or "little ornament." The patina on this figure is
an old and worn patina which is attributed to years of use and handling.

This type of figure falls under the classification of an undeniably authentic figure, but there is nothing really
special about it besides the fact that it is old. It's an authentic average quality figure, but priced at a power point
which I think is fair for a figure like this.

$SOLD