Standing female figure "flanitokele" or "jo nyeleni"Click here to view a larger version of the image
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Standing female figure "flanitokele" or "jo nyeleni"
Mali, Malinke / Bamana
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|French Private Collection||H: 17.7 inch||
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wood, black mass, base The Malinke sculptural tradition is strongly influenced by the Bamana. The depiction of twins is a common motif among both groups. The birth of twins is considered a great gift, as they are believed to be endowed with special powers. When a twin child dies, a "flanitokele" figure is carved.