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Bamana Figure, Segu, Mali From the book: African Art in American Collections Fig 70. Equestrian figure/Wood/22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm) Private Collection, New York

Bamana Figure, Segu, Mali From the book: African Art in American Collections Fig 70. Equestrian figure/Wood/22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm) Private Collection, New York

Africa | Zigzag Figure, from the Bamana people of Mali | This magnificent sculpture has recently been identified as a headdress accompanying ton performances of a dance known as nama tyétyé (LaGamma 2002: 121, with reference to Pascal James Imparato).

Africa | Zigzag Figure, from the Bamana people of Mali | This magnificent sculpture has recently been identified as a headdress accompanying ton performances of a dance known as nama tyétyé (LaGamma 2002: 121, with reference to Pascal James Imparato).

BAMANA HERMAPHRODITE FIGURE, MALI - The force of the geometrical construct - showcasing the ideal image of Bamana women "at their highest degree of physical attraction" .. is accentuated by the patterns that run across the entire body, as they once did on the bodies of young teenage girls..A specimen of the modernist aesthetic so dear to Helena Rubinstein, the figure's remarkable formal impetus serves as a striking reference to the founding vocabulary of Cubism.

BAMANA HERMAPHRODITE FIGURE, MALI - The force of the geometrical construct - showcasing the ideal image of Bamana women "at their highest degree of physical attraction" .. is accentuated by the patterns that run across the entire body, as they once did on the bodies of young teenage girls..A specimen of the modernist aesthetic so dear to Helena Rubinstein, the figure's remarkable formal impetus serves as a striking reference to the founding vocabulary of Cubism.

BAMANA ANTELOPE FIGURE, MALI Height: 18 7/8 in (47.9 cm) Sotheby’s New york In Pursuit of Beauty: The Myron Kunin Collection of African Art 11 November 2014 Sold 62,500 USD

BAMANA ANTELOPE FIGURE, MALI Height: 18 7/8 in (47.9 cm) Sotheby’s New york In Pursuit of Beauty: The Myron Kunin Collection of African Art 11 November 2014 Sold 62,500 USD

Mali - Bamana Seated Male Figure with Lance (Metropolitan Museum of Art), via Flickr.

Mali - Bamana Seated Male Figure with Lance (Metropolitan Museum of Art), via Flickr.

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