240642 - African Bamana Boli animal sculpture - Mali


African Bamana Boli animal sculpture - Mali

Size: 15 cm x 10 cm.
This Boli sculpture is from the end of the 19th century and purchased in my private collection in 2003, with a certificate of authenticity.

These sculptures were used as portable altars, they serve a practical purpose as does most sculpture within the Bamana community. According to Brett-Smith they are "used by high ranking male members of the feared Komo association to focus power from the spirit world. The unique heavily encrusted surface onthese objects is the result of a compilation of a variety of sacrificial elements such as wood, bark, tree roots, cotton, animal hair, blood and other substances applied as an offering over to the spirits.