BUSTE DJENNENKE - MALI
This male figure is a Djenennke representation. The Djennenke developed in the North West of the Bandiagara plateau. This torso and head are presented in a very hieratic attitude.
The elongated torso is framed on one side by a long bent arm separated by the body. The hand frames the protruding navel. The breasts are slightly suggested and surmounted by a strong neck. The port of the head is elegant. The face presents small prominent eyes with lightly pronounced eyebrows. It frames a triangular nose with a prominent nose bridge and marked nostrils. The mouth is pouting forward and the lower part of the face is adorned with a beard. The cheeks are adorned with erased quadrille patterns symbolizing the typical scarifications of the ethnic group.
The dark thick patina seems petrified by time and attest of its very great age and the permanence of the rituals and onctions that this statue received.