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The Halpert figure was created for the Jo cult and represents 'the beautiful young women of the Jo'. Young men, newly initiated, carry their statues for several months to neighboring villages to advertise to adulthood status and readiness for marriage. The sculpture, called Nyeleni or Joneyleni, characterizes all of the physical qualities, symbolic of her inner virtues, desirable in a young woman at the height of her physical powers (Salia Malé in Colleyn, ed., Bamana, 2001, 143).From the Central Bamana Region, highly cubistic, the Halpert figure is related to the famous work in the New Orleans Museum of Art, Victor Kiam Collection, ibid., p. 146, number 131.