12 December 2000
A RARE BAMBARA IRON STAFF
The standing female figure finial with large hands held forward, median crested coiffure, incised lozenge scarification to front of torso, the shaft with pierced lozenge sections between horizontal grooves, hook to one side
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Cf. Leloup, H. and P., Bambara, Paris, 2000, p.37, fig.12. According to the authors, such staffs were owned by blacksmiths and traditionally received the sacrifice of a young child, human sacrifices being later replaced by the sacrifice of a dog.
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