Large African Bambara Doors with Carved Nommo Ancestor Figures

Price: $4, 750.00
Product ID : DEC00146

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Overview

25" wide x 3" deep x 62" high (with stand: 73" tall).

This impressive wooden door with carved relief depict three rows of Nommo ancestor figures. The door consists of four panels of wood that have been joined and pinned with iron straps and fasteners. The carving is exceptional. The doors are consistently about 3/8" thick with the figures protruding from that plane about 3". Each of the figures were carved into the wood planks that make up the door, they are not applied. This Bambara door, as well as the door lock which forms part of the total ensemble, are highly decorative. This door was carved in the traditional manner by Tribal artisans as a work of art using spiritual imagery and folklore to be enjoyed as a representational interpretation of tribal tradition. It was probably never used as a door.

The Nommo are ancestral spirits worshipped by the Dogon & Bambara people, and play a central role in their myth of creation. The Nommo figures are found singly, in pairs, or multiples (as in this case) & can be sculpted from wood (as seen here) or cast in metal & shown with arms in different positions relative to the torso. The Bambara, also called the Bamana, is the largest ethnic group in Mali, and are principally animists. The Bambara artistic style combines many of the same features as the Dogon, and the variety of Bambara tribal art - masks, statues, and everyday objects - is larger than most other tribes.

Details

IN THE STYLE OF
Tribal

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Mali

DATE OF MANUFACTURE
20th Century

PERIOD
20th Century

MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
Hand-Carved Wood, Iron

CONDITION
Excellent

WEAR
Wear consistent with age and use.

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