Lot: 137

97th Auction

Standing female figure "jo nyeleni"

Mali, Bamana

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
French Private Collection H: 28 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, metal, rest.

"Jo nyeleni" are the property of the "jo", an association to which all initiated men and women of a village community belong and according to whose rules and moral principles social life is strictly regulated.

They are used during "numu jo" initiation performances that take place every seven years. During the performance, the initiate children are "killed" and fully formed men are "reborn" into the community as "children of jo" ("jodenw").