H14, 35 x 25cm
Stoneware, various clays

A rough, cracked surface obscures the exact identification of the organic and inorganic materials assembled to create the boli - or power objects - used in Bamana ceremonies. The primary function of a Boli is to accumulate and control the naturally occurring life force called Nyama for the spiritual benefit of the community. The composition of the encrusted patina varies, but all the ingredients possess this inherent and significant spiritual energy.

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