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Seated female figure (jonyeleni)

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Featured in Jo and Gwan society events linked to initiation, healing, and social responsibilities, idealized female figures such as this one vary in size and style, from geometric angularity to more rounded forms. This seated figure with appended earrings and beads is probably from the Segou...

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Lee Bronson, Los Angeles. October 5, 1983, sold by Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York (stock no. 51-4883) to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 1996)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Bamana peoples, Mali, Late 19th to early 20th century


45.72 cm (18 in.)

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Wood, beads, and metal


Africa and Oceania